Structured Commodity Trade involves a process where trading partners (buyers and sellers) are linked through a process that ensures the quality, quantity and safety of the commodity whose origin is in a known warehouse and the delivery logistics is managed to address the counterparty risks of delivery and payment. The structures, risk mitigation and management … Read more


Regional Updates EAGC promotes Inclusive Trade in Africa for Members. India and Eastern Africa sign Trade and Investment deals for Collaboration in Contributing to Global Food Security. EAGC Regional Grain Trade Facilitation Forum un-blocks Regional Trade Barriers. Country Updates Annual Agribusiness Expo 2017 registers highest number of farmers. Annual Agribusiness Expo 2017 held to scale-up … Read more


Regional 3rd Steering Committee Meeting for the COMESA Project on ‘Breaking Barriers, Facilitating Trade EAGC Voice in the 2017 Africa Regional Forum on sustainable development Forum EAGC contributes in the Formalization of Informal Cross Border Trade in Africa Strengthening Useful Partnership for EAGC Members Addressing Regional Food Security and Nutrition Situation Country Briefs Tanzania: Pulses … Read more


Communique on the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) 11th Annual General Meeting and2017 Members & Stakeholders Luncheon 20th April 2017 |Boma Hotel | Nairobi, Kenya The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) hosted its 11th Annual General Meeting on 20th April 2017 at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The AGM was followed by the 2017 … Read more


Regional EAGC hosts the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) EAGC Elects New Board of  Directors during the 11th Annual General Meeting, 2017 EAGC hosts a Successful Members and Stakeholders Luncheon EAGC, Global Experts Meet to Address Agriculture and Agro-industry Development Challenges Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) Bill– Kenya Progress Country Uganda EAGC GSoko and RATIN Sensitization … Read more


Report In Summary Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries. Locally produced rice displaced dry beans as the second most traded commodity in the … Read more


Regional Grain traders to Import Maize from Ethiopia through EAGC Trade Facilitation Forum EAGC and EAC hosts Regional Harmonisation Meeting on EAC Standards for Cereals and Pulses Experts call on stakeholders to implement Post Harvest Food Loss recommendations Country Uganda: EAGC Uganda Facilitated a Successful Warehouse Operators Training Advancing MIS collaboration with the Smallholder Irrigation … Read more


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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