Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS)
WaLETS is a research project that aims to investigate ‘contribution of regional trade in staples to equitable food and nutrition security and ecosystem services in the East African Community (EAC). The project which will start in January 2015 will be led by Kilimo Trust in a consortium that includes additionally the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI); Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO formerly KARI), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Tanzania; and Rwanda Agricultural Board. For full details click here
About Kilimo Trust
The ambition is to achieve a trade-based food security system in which all consumers including those who are in farming obtain most of the food they consume by purchasing food that is increasingly processed, stored and distributed to meet different needs and preferences.
Why is this important? Because, the very low levels of specialisation in the production of food commodities by smallholders within EAC, dominated by subsistence farming, encourage the production of food commodities in unsuitable agro-ecological zones, leading to perpetuation of hunger and poverty.