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 aimed at unlocking cross border and regional trade in order to get more food to [...]
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 from traditional varietals to hybrid types. The company pioneered rice hybrids developed in sub-Saharan Africa [...]
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 acknowledge progress made towards gender parity. The unrealised potential for women to further contribute to [...]
April’s newsletter edition highlights some of the outcome achievements already being realised in the implementation of the programme. Read more […]
Read about the regional updates in staple food trade in this month’s FoodTrade ESA monthly newsletter here .