Exploring Uganda's Competitiveness in Regional Agricultural Trade
The Uganda Agribusiness Alliance supported by the Government of Uganda, in conjunction with Uganda Development Forum, the National Planning Authority (NPA), the Feed the Future East Africa Market Systems (EAMS), Trade in Agriculture Safely and Efficiently (TRASE), and USAID Policy LINK will be convening national dialogue on the 14th of October under the theme, “ Exploring Uganda’s Competitiveness in Regional Agriculture Trade” to stir dialogue, learning and concerted approaches to drive change amongst key public and private sector stakeholders.
The USAID Policy LINK project, as part of its “Strengthening Competitiveness in Regional Agricultural Trade” (SCRAT) activity, carried out a competitiveness analysis focusing on evidence and learning, to identify critical elements for agricultural trade competitiveness and propose solutions or alternative approaches to solve key challenges in regional trade. The countries of focus for the Study included Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia. Similarly, Feed the Future East Africa Market Systems (EAMS) program has carried out studies on market systems and value chain analysis, identifying key constraints and possible solutions along key commodities in the region. Trade in Agriculture Safely and Efficiently (TRASE) also carried out policy and institutional analysis assessing the various levels, gaps and opportunities related to sanitary and phytosanitary standards in the region. The findings of these collective studies the above dialogue plus a series of national dialogues in select countries in the region, and that will culminate in a regional policy dialogue that will provide a platform for further regional discourse and joint solutions to increase intra-regional agricultural trade and competitiveness.