EAGC MEMBERS’ UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2017

Regional EAGC Signs a Grant with EA Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) for Improved Grain Trade Grain Farmers to now Access Leasing Services through E-Tinga and G-Soko Platform EAGC Partners with the Hub to Support Staples Trade from Ethiopia surplus! Country Malawi: Structured Commodity Trade and Warehouse Receipt Finance (SCTF) Training . Advancing MIS collaboration … Read more

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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PRESS RELEASE – EAGC Signs MoU with Quipbank

PRESS RELEASE

Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Signs MoU with Vehicle and Equipment Leasing Limited (Quipbank) to Provide Leasing Equipment through EAGC–GSoko and E-Tinga Platforms

Grain Farmers to now Access Leasing Services through E-Tinga and G-Soko Platforms

 [Nairobi, Kenya, 20th February 2017]. The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) today has inked a partnership with the Vehicle and Equipment Leasing Limited (“QUIPBANK”) for a mutually beneficial agreement for the provision of farm equipment and implements to farmers and other grain stakeholders. The MoU is intended to provide farming solutions to the farmers and grain stakeholders through provision of platforms for leasing vehicles and equipment at cost effective arrangements through EAGC –G-Soko and E-Tinga platforms.

Speaking during the ceremony, EAGC Executive Director, Mr Gerald Masila said the MoU demonstrates commitment by both parties to implement the new journey and route that EAGC is taking to facilitate efficient, structured, inclusive and profitable grain trade in the eastern region, ensuring reduced cost of production.

Mr Masila added that, for many years, farmers in Eastern Africa have had a hard time accessing farm mechanization services hindering farmer’s capacity to fully maximize on their farm’s output, therefore, through this partnership, we aim to create an environment where farmers maximise on mechanization, increasing income and improving food security.

The EAGC- GSoko project is aimed at bringing structure and consistency to trade in grains, which are a critical component of our staple food value chain systems,” explained Gerald Masila,

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EAGC Signs a Grant with East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) for Improved Grain Trade

Improving Grain Trading Systems through Regional Grades and Standards On February 6, the EAGC signed a grant with the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) to support the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) staple foods quality standards. The 2013 gazetted standards do not meet the needs of all stakeholders according to a … Read more

EAGC MEMBERS’ UPDATE – January 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Regional: •    The Launch of the 1st All Africa Post-Harvest Congress; Addressing Food Losses through Innovations. •    Stakeholders forge solution on the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Programs. •    Developing policy agenda for Tanzania Country: Malawi •    EAGC Malawi Office hosts the Inaugural CPC meeting to draw 2017 agenda. Tanzania •    EAGC nominated in … Read more

Stakeholders forge solution on the Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program.

The Eastern Africa Grain Council, EAGC participated in the stakeholder breakfast round-table discussion on marketing of root and staple drought tolerant crops across Kenya represented the Executive Director, Gerald Masila and Policy Analyst, Kim Mhando. The round-table hosted under the auspices of The Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program, was held on 25th January 2017 … Read more

The 1st All Africa Post-Harvest Congress to Address Food Losses through Innovations

 

Panelists during the Launch of the 1st All Africa Post- Harvest Congress
Panelists during the Launch of the 1st All Africa Post- Harvest Congress

The Eastern Africa Grain Council, EAGC represented by Executive Director, Gerald Masila and Program Officer, Titus Kisangau participated in the 1st All Africa Post-Harvest Congress media launch breakfast meeting on 17th January, 2017 at The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. The breakfast was aimed at creating awareness to build discussions around post harvest losses of commodities which amounts to about 1.3 million tonnes in Africa yearly.
The meeting, graced by the Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett, was aired live by the Kenya Television Network (KTN) and covered by several media houses in Kenya.
Mr Gerald Masila was among the panelists discussing the role of private sector in addressing issues of post harvest losses and grain markets and prices. In his remarks, he succinctly said that the private sector through EAGC, is committed to support post harvest technologies which would be adopted to offer lasting solutions to post harvest loses.

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East Africa Cross-Border Trade Bulletin

The Market Analysis Sub-group of the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) monitors informal cross-border trade of 88 food commodities and livestock in eastern Africa in order to quantify the impact on regional food security. This bulletin summarizes informal trade across selected borders of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, and … Read more

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