Vibrant EAC cross-border trade critical to region’s food security

Farmers in Ahero Irrigation Scheme, Kisumu County, plant tomatoes on November 14, 2017. The government’s strategy of producing food under irrigation would reduce dependency on rain-fed agriculture. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The biggest challenge for Kenya is to increase and stabilise output to meet national demand and even build a surplus for export.
  • The lesson for Kenya is to integrate better farming practices to increase its yield in the medium to long-term.

The commitment by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart, Mr John Pombe Magufuli, to have trade and bilateral issues between the two countries resolved is an important step towards enhancing the free movement of goods and services in the East African Community (EAC).

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