Expanding Rice Markets in the East African Community

It is a regional rice sector analysis report presenting the dynamics of rice value chain in the EAC. The findings of the analysis confirm that rice is one of the most important cereals in the EAC, actually second after maize and its demand is increasing with increasing population and bulging urban centres.

However, supply is still far below demand, thanks to the low productivity as a result of poor production methods, low use of improved inputs and inadequate mechanization.

To turn around the sector into a modern efficient value chain, the report recommends adoption of improved varieties, irrigation and proper post-harvest management to minimize losses. To access the report click here

Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT)

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda (GOU)are supporting the Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) in Uganda. The DIMAT project aims to address most of the challenges cited in Uganda’s agriculture Development Strategy Investment Plan (DSIP), through contributing to its Programme 2 “Market Access and Value Addition”. By building on inclusive business approaches, the implementation strategy involves adoption of a business linkage approach.

To the period ending June 2014, DIMAT delivered outputs within the following result areas;i) Establishment and operationalization of sustainable business linkages; ii) Development and operationalization of innovative pro-poor business concepts under the larger BCtA principle; and iii) Enhanced access to assets for productive use to increase productivity and profitability,  click here to download the DIMAT Results Fact Sheet.

About Kilimo Trust

Our Vision
Broad-based wealth creation in East Africa through agriculture and agri-business development.

To catalyze the growth and competitiveness of strategic agricultural sectors for the benefit of a large number of people in East Africa.

Is to make agricultural markets work better for the reduction of poverty and elimination of hunger.

Kilimo Trust is committed to supporting the people of East African Community (EAC) Region, to achieve market-based solutions to food and nutrition security. Therefore, the core business of the Trust is tosupport the transformation of food and nutrition security in the EAC Region away from high risk subsistence farming into lower risk trade-based systems.  

To facilitate this, the Trust is a coordinating HUB for regional markets development programs providing regional solutions to local problems in ways that enhance security of incomes, food, and nutrition in the region.

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.
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