On 5th March 2021, the Government of Kenya through the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA)
banned the importation of maize from Uganda and Tanzania with immediate effect. According
to AFA, the ban was introduced based on the findings of a survey conducted by AFA which
showed that maize from the two countries is unfit for human consumption due to levels of
mycotoxins that were consistently beyond safety limits. The ban poses severe implications for
cross-border maize trade, food security business operations and livelihoods for maize value chain
players in all three countries considering Kenya’s structural maize deficit and reliance on imports
from the region, and the importance of the Kenyan market for Tanzanian and Ugandan maize
producers and traders (in this case exporters).
Pursuant to EAC’s Mandate and Mission to facilitate an efficient, structured, inclusive and
profitable grain trade, and recognizing the severity of this matter, the Eastern Africa Grain
Council (EAGC) convened Members and Stakeholders to a Virtual EAGC Regional Members and
Stakeholders Consultative Meeting on the Ban on Maize Importation into Kenya from Tanzania
and Uganda. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the maize import ban, its implications,
and subsequently reach consensus on an appropriate industry advocacy strategy towards lifting
of the ban and ensuring trade in safe and standards-compliant maize in East Africa.