The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in partnership with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and with support from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) hosted a high-level experiential field visit to South Africa for the Warehouse Receipts System for the Departmental Committee for Agriculture and Livestock of the National Assembly of Kenya. The field visit, which took place from 9th to 14th December 2018, sought to expose the delegation of Members of Parliament to the operations of mature, structured grain markets with a well-functioning Warehouse Receipt System. This experience was expected to guide the Members of Parliament from Kenya in putting in place appropriate policies that can support the growth of the grain sector in the country, by first exposing them to the broader policy requirements for ensuring sustainable agricultural sector development in Kenya in line with the Big Four Agenda. The experience was also aimed at guiding the high-level policy makers on the proposed legislation of the Warehouse Receipt System that is currently in Parliament.
The delegation of Members of Parliament was accompanied by representatives of the Strategic Food Reserve Trust Fund Oversight Board, representatives of County Governments, as well private sector players who comprised of grain farmers and aggregators, and senior staff of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).