But until recently, high tariffs on trade within eastern Africa have meant that it has been cheaper for Kenya to import crops from outside Africa. These policies have now changed, opening up new opportunities for regional trade, and taking eastern Africa a step closer to self-sufficiency.
Smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda could reap huge benefits from new regional markets. Many farmers don’t have links with high-value buyers, and instead are forced to sell at the farm gate – and without well-managed warehouses to safely store crops, they often have little to sell.
We're working to help rice, maize and beans farmers in Tanzania and Uganda overcome these problems by:
Regional trade has the potential to bring about long-term change in the lives of these smallholder farmers. Not only will our work help to forge strong links with private sector buyers for their produce, helping them to earn a more reliable income, but properly managed warehouses and crop storage will help farmers produce bigger, better harvests in years to come.