EAGC Regional Weekly Update

Grain stakeholders in DRC trained on the importance of Structured Trading Systems

Samwel Ruto, Jacinta Mwau and Epiphanie Karekezi conducted out a training in Goma, DRC with the support of ELAN RDC. The training included a practical learning and field visit to Job Seed Company, which is one of the warehouse operators located in Virunga area. 20 participants including Grain aggregators and traders, grain processors and warehouse operators were trained on Structured Trading Systems. 80% of the trainees were EAGC members in DRC. The participants were equipped with translated materials on the importance of Structured Trading Systems after the training. The trainees committed to structure their operations in the grain value chain, in order to improve their competitiveness and to be at per with other stakeholders within the Eastern Africa Region. 

 A Similar training was carried out in Lubumbashi from 16- 18th including a practical learning session on Warehouse Operations and Management at the Africa Milling Company, one of the EAGC members in the Southern DRC, located in the outskirts of the Lubumbashi town. During the activity, 17 participants were trained on Post Harvest Management, Warehouse management, Quality and Standards, Trade Contract, Trade Facilitation and MIS to help them understand the importance of adopting structured trade systems The Training was conducted by Samwel Ruto and Epiphanie Karekezi.

Reviving the Market Analysis Sub-group 

EAGC participated in the MAS group meeting to review its agenda and ways to revive it .The meeting was convened by the Chair of the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG), Ms Fatima Eltahir to chart the way forward for the Market Analysis Sub-group contribution to the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG). Present at the meeting were representatives from FSNWG, EAGC and WFP with FEWSNET and EATIH being absent with apologies. Representing EAGC at the meeting was Jacinta Mwau and John Jaoko.

It was noted that market information food access is critical to food security in the Gulf Horn of Africa but the full potential of the subgroup is yet to be realized.

It was agreed that there is a need to develop demand for the different products developed by the subgroup. To achieve this, the members concurred that the MAS group has to come up with a new strategic plan that factors changes that have occurred since its inception.

This will be achieved by identifying information gaps; redefining the role of member organizations; Setting up of a new coordinating organ and borrowing a leaf from other sub-groups working under FSNWG.The next meeting was scheduled to be held on 23rd July 2018 at the FEWSNET offices.The meeting will take place a few days before the FSNWG meeting which is scheduled for 26th July 2018.

SMEs in the grain sector join the EAGI Mentorship programme

The EAGI team carried out Country-based awareness creation on SMEs mentorship in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. The team continued to support ongoing recruitment of grain SMEs into the mentorship program in Kenya and Tanzania where 5 SMEs were recruited for the programme and expected to sign up.

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