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September 2016

FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly Newsletter – Wed. 14th Sept. 2016

By | September 21st, 2016|News, Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA Bi-weekly Newsletter - Wed. 14th Sept. 2016

Commercialising the beans value chain; early benefits realised by women in the value chain

By | September 9th, 2016|Our Blog, Our Stories|

Zinduka Women Group is located in South-West Mbeya Rural District, Mshewe ward, in Tanzania. It was registered in 2011 with the support from the Mbeya District Council, who provided initial trainings in agricultural production. The group comprises 30 members who are mentoring 20 other female youth (Zinduka Youth Group) with the purpose of grooming them [...]

Improved storage providing flexibility to farmers and private sector off-takers; benefits of participating in the GSoko system

By | September 9th, 2016|Our Blog, Our Stories, Uncategorized|

Partners within the GSoko system are already realising early benefits from aggregation and warehouse certification. NAFICS Grain Trading Ltd. (Nafics) has been a member of the Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) since its inception. We talked to the Head of Operations, Paul Musembi, to find out more about the early successes that the company is [...]

June 2016

FoodTrade ESA grantee Pee Pee Tanzania Ltd. holds soft launch of PICS bags

By | June 20th, 2016|News, Our Blog, Our Stories|

FoodTrade East & Southern Africa (ESA) grantee, Pee Pee Tanzania Ltd., in partnership with Purdue University held a soft launch of PICS bags storage technology on Monday, 13th June in Dodoma. PICS bags provide a user-friendly alternative to reduce post-harvest losses. FoodTrade ESA provided a grant of GBP 500,000 to build the capacity of Pee [...]

August 2015

FoodTrade’s Efforts on lifting Trade ban of Staple foods in the region

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA has facilitated two public-private dialogues, one where parliamentarians from the region were invited to discuss the effects of trade bans for staple foods. The meetings were held in collaboration with COMESA and the Zambian Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute. The Zambian government lifted the export ban on Maize a few months after the [...]

Regional Seed Market Systems

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA is working with COMESA to facilitate the domestication of harmonised seed trade regulations in the region. So far, seven out of nine countries where FoodTrade is operating are on course to domesticate and implement these regulations by December 2015. FoodTrade is also supporting a regional variety release system for seed which will ensure [...]

Implementation of Harmonised grades and standards for staple foods in East Africa

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA in collaboration with the East African Grain Council (EAGC) has recently launched its flagship programme called the G-SOKO platform. The G-Soko platform seeks to encourage many smallholder farmers to benefit from regional value systems through application of quality standards and use of certified warehouses to build commodity value. So far over 11,000 smallholder [...]

FoodTrade ESA Study: Commodity Exchange

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

FoodTrade ESA is currently implementing a series of studies in understanding the structured grain market systems in the region with the aim of informing policy formulation and implementation in the region. So far the programme has concluded studies in the establishment of Commodity Exchanges in the region which highlights the key prerequisites for ensuring [...]

Online Trade Platform to benefit Regional Farmers Launched

By | August 26th, 2015|Our Stories|

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) with support from the UK Government project FoodTrade ESA and through partnership with various industry stakeholders has officially launched a private sector-driven, market platform that will link buyers and sellers in staple foods trade in Eastern Africa. The new G-Soko Platform will bring structure and consistency to trade in grains. [...]

July 2015

Kaderes Peasants Development PLC, Warehouse for the Poor (W4P) Project

By | July 23rd, 2015|Our Stories|

Through FoodTrade ESA support, Kaderes Peasants Development PLC has managed to start a Warehouse for the Poor (W4P) project in Karagwe Kagera, Tanzania. This project like its name will deal with construction of warehouses for the poor in Karagwe. More than 130 youths of Karagwe are benefiting from the construction of the warehouses on a daily basis. The [...]