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Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS)

IFAD has provided a grant to Kilimo Trust for the implementation of Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS) project. The project  will use the network of the Projects financed by IFAD in the EAC Partner States, to build a foundation for a long-term programme that will leverage investment by others to effectively link the small-scale farmers (women, men and youth) producing food commodities, to regional and/or cross-border markets (esp. urban) in East Africa. In support of the East African Community Food Security Action Plan, the REACTS project will be part of a long-term and ambitious program of KT to support the transformation of food and nutrition security in the EAC Region away from high risk subsistence farming into lower risk trade-based systems. For full details, click here

Water, Land, Ecosystems and Trade in Staples (WaLETS)

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

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

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

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


Strategy
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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Latest News
Farmers Reap BIG in Rwanda from an All-Partner-Friendly Value Chain Financing Model under BEST-EAC implemented by Kilimo Trust
Directory of Value Chain Actors in Cross Border Trade in EAC Launched
International Water Management Institute of the CGIAR approves a two year project led by Kilimo Trust.
IFAD Approves ‘Regional East African Community Trade in Staples’ (REACTS) Project
Reacts is a three year project to be implemented by Kilimo Trust in collaboration with IFAD supported projects in the EAC to build a foundation for a long-term programme that will leverage investment by others to effectively link the small-scale farmers (women, men and youth) producing food commodities, to regional and/or cross-border markets (esp. urban) in East Africa. Readmore
CTA Approves an Eight Month Project on “Development of Training of Trainers’ Manual” for Promotion of Agricultural Value Chains in the ACP Countries
Adaptation to modern value chains is constrained by skill gaps. Such gaps can, in part, be addressed through capacity building but, to date, there is limited training material available to farmers, service providers, companies and students on value chains, agribusiness and related topics. What is available has often been prepared for one country or one project in one country and may not be relevant to others. Moreover, there is relatively little generic material available that can be used in one region or, indeed, throughout the world or that can serve as a basis for adaptation to suit local circumstances. It is on this basis that CTA commissioned Kilimo Trust to develop a Training of Trainers’ manual to build capacity of Value Chain Operators in the ACP countries. Readmore
Increased Efficiency will Enable Locally Produced Rice to Compete with Cheap Imports
At the AGRF 2014, the President of IFAD Leads a Call for More Focus at Building Commercially Viable Enterprises of Smallholder Farmers.



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Kilimo Trust  Uganda
Plot 42 Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi, Kampala Uganda
Telephone: +256 312 264 980/1
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Kilimo Trust Tanzania
First floor Plot 1481, Rufiji Street, Masaki, Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Telephone: +255 22 260 0506
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