Spotlight on Africa

Stepping up regional agricultural trade in east Africa with grain hubs and G-Soko app

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This week’s Spotlight on Africa focuses on a new project launched in Tanzania and Uganda which hopes to boost agricultural trade in east Africa using certified warehouses and a special app. The newly crowned Miss Africa also talks about her hopes for the continent after winning the inaugural pageant in Johannesburg.

Woman standing with Maize crop in Uganda
Woman standing with Maize crop in Uganda Farm Africa

Increased trade in grain could help Kenya plug a deficit and Uganda and Tanzania sell a surplus

"G-Soko is an initiative of the East African Grain Council to help farmers access markets and link other stakeholders working on grain in terms of facilitating trade within the region. G-Soko is an electronic system comprising of a network of automated grain bulking aggregation centres. These certified warehouses are linked to a virtual trading platform including banks for settling and clearing - and trading houses, grain buyers and millers."

Q&A Leochrister Aloyce, Farm Africa

Newly crowned 24-year-old Ghanaian dental hygienist Rebecca Asamoah has high hopes as first ever Miss Africa

"I see it as a huge responsibility - to stand tall, empower my fellow youth, bring my African sisters and brothers together in unity and raise the flag of the African continent high. It is a blessing to be crowned Miss Africa 2016."

Q&A Rebecca Asamoah, Miss Africa

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