On June 8-9, 2012, the first agribusiness expo in Tanzania took place at the Selian Agricultural Research Centre in Arusha. Themed “Promoting Agribusiness for Economic Development Prosperity,” the two-day agricultural fair was organized by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in partnership with the Selian Agricultural Research Institute.
During the fair, stakeholders in the agricultural sector were exposed to a wide range of innovative products and services in agribusiness, including marketing information services and technology. The expo brought together large and smallholder farmers from across the country, along with representatives from the grain and staple foods sub-sector, agro-processors, seed suppliers, dairy and financial service providers, and many more.
Participants at the fair explored agribusiness financing and risk mitigation, post-harvest management systems, farm-to-market linkages, research and biotechnology, modern grain aggregation and marketing concepts through warehouse receipt systems and commodity exchange.
The EAGC plans to make the expo an annual event that provides an opportunity to foster agricultural trade and serve as a forum for participants to learn new strategies to maximize returns from the market-led agricultural development.
As a Partnership Fund grantee of the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Program (COMPETE), the Eastern Africa Grain Council gathers and disseminates information on issues affecting the regional grain industry in East Africa. The USAID COMPETE project further helps build the capacity of the council to promote agribusiness and train local farmers through technical assistance.