By James Naughton With the imminent closure of the DAI-lead Food Trade Eastern and Southern Africa (FoodTrade ESA) programme (funded by DFID), it is a good time to reflect on the story of FoodTrade ESA, and the success the programme delivered. The Story So Far FoodTrade ESA began in 2013 and was a 5-year trade [...]
Now in its fifth year, the UK government funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FTESA) programme has disbursed 20 grants across nine African countries to the private sector and relevant institutions focused on building the capacity of smallholder farmers, storage, inputs, service markets, information & coordination mechanisms as well as policy regulation. Such interventions are [...]
FoodTrade ESA grantee Afritec Seeds Ltd. is implementing a project that is taking hybrid rice technology from the research farms of Hybrids East Africa Ltd. and putting it into the hands of small farmers around Eastern Africa. Kenyan-based Afritec is working to improve access to pure, high quality clean seeds that will help farmers transition [...]
In the month of March, FoodTrade ESA Programme joins the world in celebrating International Women's Day - Miles in women empowerment. Established to commemorate the movement for women's rights, the day is an important platform to advocate for a gender inclusive approach to social, economic and political development. It is also an important occasion to [...]
New rice hybrids set to hit the Kenyan market - An article by the People Daily on the Afritec Seeds Ltd, one of the grantees supported through the FoodTrade ESA Programme. Read more here..
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Afritec Seeds Limited received a £500,000 grant from the UK Government, through the FoodTrade East & Southern Africa programme, to implement a project that will improve smallholder farmer incomes through improved rice varieties & hybrids. The company is working to put hybrid rice technology into the hands of small farmers around Eastern Africa, allowing them [...]