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STATEMENT BY THE GRAIN STAKEHOLDERS IN THE EASTERN AFRICA REGION CALLING ON GOVERNMENTS TO SUPPORT INTRA-REGIONAL TRADE IN STAPLE FOODS AS A MEANS TO ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY IN THE REGION

NAIROBI, 22ND JULY] The Board of Directors of the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), representing the private sector actors in the grain industry, met in Nairobi to deliberate on the challenges hampering cross border trade in staple foods within the Eastern Africa Region.

The Directors underscored the critical role that trade plays in facilitating movement of food commodities from surplus production areas to deficit areas that offer markets for the producers. The Grain Council noted with appreciation the efforts and investments made by the private sector, in the production, handling, storage, trade and distribution of grains and cereals commodities in the region.

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