Mapping study of food-grain value chains in Eastern Africa

Agriculture is one of the East African Community’s most important economic sectors. The major staple foods in the region are maize, rice, potatoes, bananas, cassava, wheat, sorghum, millet and pulses. However, agricultural production in the region is prone to the vagaries of climate change, fluctuating food prices, a rapidly growing population in the urban areas and natural resource degradation. Even though governments have intensified efforts to develop agriculture in the region, intra-regional trade in staple food grains is still very low.

The main objective of the study is to provide CTA with an understanding of the salient features of the four food-grain value chains in the EAC region, and information and possible entry points about the types of commodities to be supported and the nodes of the food-grain value chains that interventions should focus on.

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    List of figures
    List of tables
    Acronyms and abbreviations
    Executive summary
    Introduction
    An overview of the agricultural sector and the food-grain subsector in Eastern Africa
    Structure of the Eastern Africa food-grain value chain: current status, opportunities and challenges
    Institutions and actors in the food-grain value chain in the EAC
    Current value-chain development initiatives
    Coordination structures/platforms
    Recommended areas for CTA support in the food-grain value chain
    References
    Annexes
    List of figures
    List of tables

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