Enhancing Competitiveness of Agri-food Industry and Mitigating the Impact of Global Crises for Improved Food Security in the East African Community Region

Overview: The East African Business Council (EABC), in collaboration with Sequa GmbH under the Business Scouts Fund, has undertaken a comprehensive project aimed at addressing the multifaceted challenges facing the East African region. Titled “Enhancing Competitiveness of Agri-food Industry and Mitigating the Impact of Global Crises to Improve Food Security in the EAC Region,” the project focuses on responding to the disruptions caused by Covid-19, Conflict, and Climate Change.


  1. Assess the Impact of Global Crises on Food Security in the EAC Region.
  2. Identify and Profile Investment Opportunities in Selected Agriculture Value Chains.
  3. Strengthen the capacity of agri-actors in the EAC region through Master Trainers Capacity-Building Workshops on EAC Export Procedures and Contract Farming.

Key Components:

  1. Webinars and Studies:

    • Conducted studies and webinars to analyze the impact of global crises on food security in the EAC region.
    • Explored investment opportunities in selected agriculture value chains.
    • Provided a platform for stakeholders, including government officials, agribusiness actors, women, SMEs, and youth, to discuss food security and propose policy recommendations.
  2. Master Trainers Capacity-Building Workshops:

    • Collaborated with key stakeholders such as the East African Grain Council (EAGC), East African Farmers Federation (EAFF), and National Apex Private Sector Associations.
    • Organized workshops on EAC Export Procedures and Contract Farming, empowering 38 association experts in agri-value chain sectors (13 women and 25 men).
    • The trained experts played a pivotal role in organizing subsequent national-level trainings.
  3. Country-Level Training on Contract Farming:

    • Trained over 245 agri-actors from seven East African countries, including youth and women cooperatives, farmers, exporters, and manufacturers.
    • Focused on principles, processes, and best practices of contract farming.
    • Enabled participants to negotiate fair contracts, understand rights and responsibilities, and manage various aspects such as quality control, pricing mechanisms, and dispute resolution.
  4. Country-Level Training on EAC Export Procedures:

    • Conducted national training workshops on EAC export procedures for food.
    • Equipped agri-actors with knowledge of rules, regulations, and quality standards governing food exports in the region.
    • Emphasized compliance, risk management strategies, logistics, and export financing options.
    • Provided insights into leveraging preferential trade agreements like the EAC Common Market Protocol for tariff reductions and preferential market access.