Communique on the Regional Meeting of Rice Value Chain Stakeholders 29th August 2016

Introduction

On 29th August 2016, the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in collaboration with the DFID-funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa project hosted the Regional Meeting of Rice Value Chain Stakeholders at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The main purpose of the meeting was to deliberate on the state of the rice value chain in East Africa and explore the feasibility of establishing certification and testing system for rice of East Africa origin as a solution to unscrupulous trading practices by some traders in the region.

The meeting was attended by diverse group of public and private sector rice value chain from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, representing rice farmers, traders, processors, Ministries of Agriculture and Trade, National Standards Bureaus and development partners.

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