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Regional Seed Market Systems

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 that small farmers in any part of the region shall access improved seed varieties boosting [...]

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

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 farmers and 22 warehouse operators have adopted harmonised grades and standards for staple foods boosting [...]

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FoodTrade ESA Study: Commodity Exchange

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 their success. Among the key prerequisites for success include: liberal trade policy regime, private sector [...]

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Online Trade Platform to benefit Regional Farmers Launched

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. It will facilitate title transfer, market transparency, and price discovery – i.e. perform a clearing [...]

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

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 construction of the warehouses has developed roles for the youth such as casual labourers in [...]

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