The informal economy: the ups and downs for agriculture

 The informal sector provides income and jobs for the most vulnerable populations in developing countries and, if gradually formalised, has potential to become a major lever for growth and development. GERALD MASILA’S POINT OF VIEW Enhancing traceability for informal trade Gerald Masila explains the importance of capturing information on informal trade to start formalising the … Read more

Grain council calls for policy review to promote intra-regional rice trade

Grain council calls for policy review to promote intra-regional rice trade There is need for policies that will support cross-border trade in grains and cereals and also eradicate barriers affecting the sector, the regional grain council has said. Gerald Makau Masila, the Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) executive director, said a supportive legal regime will … Read more

Over 200,000MT trade contracts signed at Regional Grain Trade B2B, Kigali

PRESS RELEASE Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and USAID East Africa Trade & Investment Hub Host Grain Trade Facilitation Forum in Kigali, Rwanda [Kigali, Rwanda – November 28, 20172017]. East Africa’s grain stakeholders convened for a regional trade facilitation meeting in Kigali Rwanda on 29th November 2017.The forum, which was organized by the EAGC and … Read more

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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PRESS RELEASE: To achieve food security and prosperity in Africa, we must learn from the experience of established economies [Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 7th, October 2017]. The 7th African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The forum attracted over 300 key players in the international grain industry who met to deliberate … Read more

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