Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS-I) Project – Phase 1

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  • Date :13 Dec
  • Tags :Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda

Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS-I) Project – Phase 1

Status: Concluded (2014 – 2017)
Funder: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Scope: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda

REACTS I Project Intervention Areas
Project Summary

Regional East African Community Trade in Staples (REACTS) Project was designed to support IFAD Funded Projects across EAC region to align their interventions, re-tool/skill project teams and service providers, and work with relevant trade facilitating agencies (non-traditional partners) in

enabling business enterprises of at least 10,000 smallholder farmers that they work with, to respond effectively to regional food markets. This was to be achieved through supporting projects to;

  1. attain a robust understanding of opportunities in the regional markets
  2. use such understanding to improve small-scale producers’ and traders’ competitiveness in the national and regional markets

IFAD projects that benefited from the grant included

  1. Upper Tana Catchment Natural Resources Management Project (Kenya)
  2. Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme. (Kenya)
  3. Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project-PASP (Rwanda)
  4. Marketing Infrastructure, Value Addition and Rural Finance Support Program –MIVARF (Tanzania)
  5. Rural Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Support Programme- MUVI (Tanzania)
  6. Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP)– Phase 2 (Uganda)

The project was successfully completed and because of this, AGRA is funding a second phase

Overall Project achievements so far
13,953MT of produce valued at US$ 4,287,968 traded through structured trade arrangements or business linkages. Of the total volumes traded, 2,803MT of produce, valued at US$828,607 was traded across borders
At least5 projects are brokering establishment of new or enhanced business linkages.
Close to Nine (9) business consortia/ linkages (1 regional and 8 national) have been established integrating 33,982 SHFs (of which 9,578 SHFs are women)
All the5 collaborating IFAD funded projects (IFPs) are carrying out on-ward capacity building for their beneficiaries to respond to regional market opportunities. The trainers from IFPs (trained by REACTS), in turn trained 20,553 SHFs (of which over 6,000 SHFs are women)
5 Projects have re-oriented their interventions by adopting REACTS innovations such as consortia approach, farmer business school, involved in cross learning events and embraced GIS technology.
6 market information packages produced and shared with IFPs to increase their understanding of regional market opportunities
US$ 430,751 was leveraged from; Public sector (IFAD funded projects and Kilimo Trust) and private sector(agribusinesses)
Established a web-based knowledge management portal for sharing experiences on business linkages- http://reacts.kilimotrust.org/. Between February 2017 to January 2018, a total of 12,413 visits and 74,151 hits were registered

Contact Person

Patrick Muganga
Senior Program Officer
pmuganga@kilimotrust.org

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