IGTC’s grain trade seminar at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

EAGC participates in the IGTC’s grain trade seminar at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

(L-R): Minister Marvin Hildebrand (Economic) – Canadian Embassy; Katy Lee – IGTC; Nikolay Gorbachov – Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA); Jen Henderson – Cargill NA; Gerald Masila – Eastern Africa Grains Council (EAGC); Tyler Bjornson – Canada Grains Council (CGC); Gary C. Martin – IGTC President.


On 15th November the International Grain Trade Council (IGTC) held a high-impact seminar at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C, addressing the global need for grains and the challenges and opportunities of trade and investment.

D.C. based embassy officials, international organisations, and US government officials joined the active dialogue with grain industry thought and decision leaders.

The event coincided with the IGTC’s 2017 General Assembly, which welcomed experts and senior leadership from IGTC members and Corporate Stakeholders who work on the provision of food, feed and industrial products from grain. 

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Regional Trade, a solution to Food Insecurity

Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), with support of USAID’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Hosts Trade Facilitation Forum in Addis, Ethiopia

Trade deals in terms of 51 contracts amounting to 275,000 MT estimated at USD, 55,000,000 were signed today at the Ethiopian capital for export of grains (maize and pulses) from Ethiopia to Eastern and the southern Africa. This took place at a Regional Grain Trade Facilitation Forum hosted by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in partnership with the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (AACCSA). The first multilateral grain trade facilitation forum was supported by USAID’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

The forum brought together over 40 sellers of maize and other commodities from Ethiopia and over 50 buyers of grain from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The sellers comprised of cooperative unions, commercial farmers and grain exporters; buyers included maize millers, grain trading companies and national food reserve agencies.

The forum also created a platform for knowledge sharing and networking among the participants on trade and investment program between Ethiopia and eastern & southern Africa countries, with a focus on increasing regional trade.

Presently, the eastern and southern Africa region is experiencing a scarcity of rainfall and drought conditions leading to a shortage in availability of food grains, including maize and pulses. The situation has concerned the authorities to the extent that some have initiated interventions restricting exports. Some grain traders and processors have also had their operations affected due to the shortage of grains. In the recent harvest season, Ethiopia experienced a bumper harvest estimated at over 4,000,000 MT of maize in addition to beans and other pulses.

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