This Communique forms our weekly update to EAGC Members and Stakeholders on developments in the grain sector in Eastern Africa in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Previous editions of the Communique, issued on 24th March and 1st April 2020 are accessible here.
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread in Eastern Africa with Malawi and South Sudan announcing their first cases of the disease within their borders. The number of fatalities has also increased particularly in Kenya where 6 people have now succumbed to the disease.
As the situation becomes more precarious, some new measures have been introduced by governments which may impact movement of people of goods. On a positive note, there have been some positive developments in the past week with respect to cross-border movement of goods. This Communique thus provides updates on the following:
A. New measures taken by governments in Eastern Africa
B. Updates on cross-border trade situation
C. Market Developments
D. EAGC support to grain trade