8th AGTS Communique
The Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) successfully hosted 8th African Grain Trade Summit in Mombasa, Kenya from 3rd to 5th October 2019. In attendance were more than 250 grain industry leaders, researchers, service providers, innovators and development partners from 17 countries across 4 continents, in addition to 19 exhibiting companies.
The Grain Trade Summit was convened with extensive support from various partners, including the European Union Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Corporation (CTA) and the Government of Kenya. Sponsors at the Summit included the Grain Bulk Handlers Ltd, Grain Industries Ltd, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, International Finance Corporation-World Bank Group, the USAID Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity, A to Z Textile Mills Ltd, TANIS Milling Technologies and Isuzu East Africa; and Media partners including KBC, K24, and People’s Daily Newspaper among others.
The African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) is Africa’s premier grain industry event that is hosted biennially by the Eastern Africa Grain Council and its Partners. Its main purpose is to drive business environment improvements to support growth of grain sector agribusinesses, to facilitate business and investment partnerships and to share new knowledge and innovations that can be leveraged to drive growth of the sector.
Recognizing that grain trade enterprises play a vital role in ensuring that all people have access to food, keep prices stable and provide a market for producers and traders, the 8th AGTS carried the theme, “Transforming Grain Trade Value Chains for a Prosperous Africa”. In selecting the theme, EAGC considered the importance of grain trade in food security, manufacturing, investment and employment creation, noting that it is crucial for the grain value chain players to apply their voice in order to influence policies and ensure that the business environment for grain trade is continuously improved.
The 8th AGTS will look to find solutions for the missing pieces of the grain trade puzzle and attempt to come up with an action plan to deliver more and better grain trade on the continent.
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