Spotlight on Africa

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

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

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.


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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