FoodTrade East and Southern Africa recognizes the transformative potential of agriculture and trade to improve the lives and incomes of thousands of small scale farmers, as well as strengthen food security in the region. To harness this potential and bridge the gaps that exist in the trade of staple foods in East and Southern Africa, FoodTrade ESA is investing in innovative systems to allow small-scale farmers to improve their inputs and gain access regional markets. We support the private sector, governments, and other development actors to bring small scale farmers closer to the heart of agricultural systems in East and Southern Africa.

Our mission: to catalyze lasting changes that enable efficient trade in staple foods across the region to improve the lives of farmers, suppliers, service providers, traders, retailers, and consumers.

Our vision: to unlock trade across borders and across the region to get more food to more people.

“We aim to ensure that more staple food is traded and more people benefit from participation in national and cross border value chains for staple foods.”

Message from the FoodTrade
ESA Team Leader.

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,

I am pleased to join the FoodTrade ESA team at a very exciting and pivotal time in the life of the programme. As we enter the final year, we are focused on consolidating the gains in partnership with our grantee organisations and private sector firms that are committed to building more effective staple food trading systems. 

Our objective remains building even stronger coherence across our Challenge Fund and Development Fund grantees as we look to the future. We want to ensure that strong linkages are established with sectoral stakeholders and service providers for continuity, ensuring that activities will lead to sustainable impact. We are keen to capture and share lessons learned from the various models we have piloted and to tell our outcome-level stories that highlight impact on the small holder farmer, private sector firms, and other core partners in driving the regional trade agenda for staple foods. 

The G-SOKO trading platform which we funded and developed in partnership with the Eastern Africa Grain Council and other partners, remains critical to consolidating our efforts in promoting staple food trade in East Africa. Addressing the barriers to free flow of food across borders, promoting the adoption of food standards with countries, and unlocking private sector investment in staple food value chains will complement broader efforts to improve regional trade. Our foundational work in this first phase of the programme is catalytic in ensuring that small holder farmers, traders and consumers continue to benefit from better coordinated and more efficient value chains.

I look forward to engaging with you in accelerating staple food trade across the region.

Steve Orr, Team Leader of FoodTrade ESA

Please feel free to send us any comments, suggestions or requests concerning FoodTrade ESA and our activities to info@foodtradeesa.com

Regional Approach.

FoodTrade East and Southern Africa operates in nine countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Food production and marketing systems throughout East and Southern Africa are performing way below their optimal levels. A wide range of barriers to trade have resulted in the fragmentation of markets for both agricultural products and their inputs. This has led to a high level of price volatility and contributed to food insecurity. These problems extend further down the value chain to key inputs and services that food systems need. Using the pioneering ‘making markets work for the poor’ approach, FoodTrade ESA will look at the ESA region as potentially one market system, and facilitate changes within the sub-market systems to contribute to effective functioning of the entire ESA staple food market structure.

“Put simply, FoodTrade ESA will take a systemic approach to addressing intra-regional trade challenges in East and Southern Africa.”

Our People

Our Focus

Impact

FoodTrade ESA’s biggest outcome will be contributing to price stability for staple foods in the region through our work aimed at stabilizing markets and strengthening Food Security. We aim to directly impact over 400,000 households. The interventions we support are structured to unlock trade across borders and across the region in order to get more food to more people at an affordable and consistent price. We encourage our partners and grantees to demonstrate evidence of support to vulnerable groups including women and youth, in order to move them up the value chains and encourage their participation in production, trading and processing. Our market systems approach will help promote collaboration between farmer organizations, input suppliers, agriculture extension service providers, credit providers and other service providers across the region, in order to increase the quantity and quality of production and trade in staple foods, and protect small scale farmers from inherent risks.

How we aim to achieve change

FoodTrade ESA identifies and addresses major market and public sector gaps and failures that hinder staple food trade and limit farmers’ capacity to produce and market more staple foods. The programme facilitates interventions that achieve FoodTrade ESA’s overall outcome: getting more staple food traded, and having more people benefit from participation in national and cross-border staple food value chains.

“We aim to increase the availability of staple foods and build the resilience of small scale farmers by influencing systemic change across the region. We do this by supporting initiatives that improve input supply, extension and financial services, as well as provide innovative solutions to store, market and sell farm produce.”

How We Work

Our Challenge Fund is set up to stimulate innovative business models that deliver commercial benefits and solutions to market failures. Benefits include delivering jobs, as well as growing incomes and market access for the poor and smallholder farmers.

Our Development Fund is structured to help facilitate dialogue & action around key barriers in regional staple food markets. We fund targeted interventions to strengthen these markets, and provide support to non-profits, agencies, NGOs. 

Our Partners

Behind the Numbers

Our Stories & Blog

News & Announcements

 

909, 2016

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

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Our Blog, Our Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

2006, 2016

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

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: News, Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

1512, 2015

FoodTrade ESA Interview with EAGC Executive Director Gerald Masila

By | December 15th, 2015|Categories: Our Blog|4 Comments

In recent years significant investments have been made to improve the market infrastructure that enables grain to be traded at the national and regional level.  With efficient market infrastructure surplus grain from one country can [...]

2608, 2015

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

By | August 26th, 2015|Categories: Our Stories|1 Comment

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 [...]

2608, 2015

Regional Seed Market Systems

By | August 26th, 2015|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

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 [...]

2608, 2015

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

By | August 26th, 2015|Categories: Our Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

2106, 2016

Official Launch of FoodTrade ESA Project: Linking smallholder staple food surpluses to regional markets

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Announcements, News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Tuesday 21 June, 2016. Today we are officially launching our new consortium project: Linking smallholders in Tanzania and Uganda with staple food surpluses to regional markets across East Africa. Markets have been one of the [...]

2006, 2016

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

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: News, Our Blog, Our Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

1611, 2015

COMESA launches regional seed variety catalogue

By | November 16th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

COMESA has launched a regional seed variety catalogue aimed at helping farmers’ access to improved and different types of seeds from Member States through simplified customs procedures. This is expected to help the region increase [...]

2810, 2015

The 2nd Annual ReNAPRI Stakeholder Conference, Maputo Mozambique

By | October 28th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

FoodTrade ESA partner, Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) held their 2nd Annual stakeholder conference in Maputo, Mozambique from 27 to 28th October 2015. This conference thematic topic was “Anticipating the Future of [...]

2110, 2015

FoodTrade ESA signs Grant agreement with Eastern Africa Grain Council for G-SOKO Phase II

By | October 21st, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), and the DFID funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa Project (FoodTrade ESA), signed a grant agreement of 2,947,509 GBP (about US$ 4.4 million) for Phase II of the project [...]

1910, 2015

The 6th African Grain Trade summit

By | October 19th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

The 6th African Grain Trade summit organised by the Eastern Africa Grain Council commenced on the 1st of October, 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda. FoodTrade East and Southern Africa  attended the three day summit in its [...]