What We Do
We deliver regional solutions to local problems by designing and implementing sector development programmes which respond to market opportunities across the region. We do this by providing thought leadership – create, advance, and share ideas – on EAC regional approaches to agriculture for wealth creation and food security. Then we undertake hands-on implementation of programme and project on behalf of – and/or in partnership with governments, international and regional organizations, and the private sector.
We develop and build a regional knowledge-base on key food commodities (crops and livestock) across the EAC to determine and agree with stakeholders on the most strategic commodities and priority areas of focus with interventions at regional scale – so as to “deliver the promise of the East Africa Common Market” with respect to reducing poverty and eliminating hunger.
We began operations in 2005 with a strong focus on managing grants—over USD 13 million, disbursing through 50 projects that strengthened agricultural value chains and built the capacity of smallholder farmers. Leveraging our experience and expertise in value chains transformation, in 2011, we transitioned to a direct implementer to be better able to serve the region’s smallholder farmers and other agricultural value chain actors in helping them become key players in local, national, and regional value chains.
Some of the projects managed between 2005 to 2011 are presented below: