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. 

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News & Announcements

 

2608, 2015

FoodTrade ESA Study: Commodity Exchange

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

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 [...]

2608, 2015

Online Trade Platform to benefit Regional Farmers Launched

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

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 [...]

2307, 2015

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

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Our Stories|0 Comments

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 [...]

2307, 2015

East African Farmers to Benefit from Improved Hybrid Rice Seeds

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

East African smallholder farmers in Kenya and Tanzania will sow hybrid rice seeds on their farms this planting season, thanks to the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa’s investment in Afritec Seed Company Limited. This [...]

1808, 2015

Online Trade Platform to benefit Regional Farmers Launched

By | August 18th, 2015|Categories: News|0 Comments

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 [...]

206, 2015

East African Farmers to Benefit from Improved Hybrid Rice Seeds

By | June 2nd, 2015|Categories: News|Comments Off on East African Farmers to Benefit from Improved Hybrid Rice Seeds

East African smallholder farmers in Kenya and Tanzania will sow hybrid rice seeds on their farms this planting season, thanks to the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa’s investment in Afritec Seed Company Limited. This is [...]