[Nairobi, Kenya 9th September] The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and Kenya’s National and Cereals Produce Board (NCPB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) staple foods quality standards and the management of Aflatoxin for efficient and effective grain trade in the country. The MoU signifies a joint commitment and reflects a shared vision to ensure consistent implementation of EAC standards while suppressing post-harvest losses.
“We are happy to collaborate with NCPB in the implementation of standards and management of aflatoxin to enhance market access and food security. This engagement framework anchors on the need to promote more trade and better trade in safe food between Kenya and the region.” stated EAGC Executive Director, Mr. Gerald Masila.
The MOU provides a framework to guide the new way that the Council and the Board will co- work in promoting Structured Trading Systems, training and capacity building, research, policy advocacy, resource mobilization, infrastructural development , market linkage and the adoption and utilization of the harmonized East Africa standards for food and nutrition safety.
“Today’s MOU cements our partnership and provides impetus to sustainable solutions at the national and county level. It will complement the role of NCPB in commercial trade in safe grains and the provision of grain post-harvest services to the value chain on behalf of the government.” stated Mr. Joseph Kimote, the Managing Director of NCPB.
The partnership between EAGC and NCPB comes just at the right timing following concerns and warnings of unsafe levels of aflatoxin in several well-known brands of maize flour which in turn were taken off supermarket shelves in Kenya.
The two institutions will therefore work together to promote best practices in Grain Handling and Management. The MoU will explore partnerships with the private sector for the utilization of NCPB storage, warehousing facilities and grain handling and management services as well as promote the adoption and utilization of the harmonized East Africa standard for food and Nutrition safety.
ABOUT EASTERN AFRICA GRAIN COUNCIL (EAGC)
The Eastern Africa Grain Council is a regional organization with membership drawn from across the Eastern and Southern Africa. Membership is drawn from grain value chain stakeholders currently with presence in 10 countries across Africa including Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, DRC Congo and Ethiopia. EAGC’s key products and services include promotion of structured trading system (STS) through the warehouse receipting systems (WRS), and Regional Grain Trading platform (G-Soko – g-soko.com), Market Information Systems (MIS) offered through the Regional Agricultural Trade Intelligence Network (RATIN- (www.ratin.net ) and evidence-based Policy Advocacy and Training and Capacity Building through the Grain Business Institute (GBI – www.grain.institute).
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CEREALS AND PRODUCE BOARD
The National cereals and Produce Board is a State Corporation that was established in 1985 through an Act of Parliament (Cap 338). It is a Statutory Board under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives. It was formed by the amalgamation of The Maize and Produce Board and The Wheat Board on 1st July 1979. NCPB trades commercially in grains, provides grain post-harvest services, deals in fertilizer and other farm inputs like seeds, and offers clearing and forwarding services. It is an agent of the Government in the procurement, management, and distribution of Strategic Food Reserves (SFR) and Famine Relief Stocks.
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