East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 29th September 2017

Figure 1 East Africa Regional Grain Trade Flow for the Week Ending 29th September 2017

The Week’s Market Analysis

  • Beans was the highest traded commodity. The trade flow was mostly Uganda exporting to Kenya (3,382MT) and Rwanda exports to Uganda (1,162MT).  Beans prices were highest in Kenya and lowest in Rwanda (Table 1)
  • Maize was the second highest traded commodity. Uganda exported very little maize to Kenya (176.82MT) in comparison to exports to Rwanda (1,334MT). Rwanda exported (757MT) to DRC (Figure 1).
  • Sorghum trade flow was mostly from Tanzania to Uganda (652MT), then to Rwanda (915) with some exports to Kenya (311MT).
  • Pigeon Peas: Tanzania only exported 9MT to Kenya, and Rwanda exported to DRC (62MT). Did you know that Rwanda grows pigeon peas mostly for export to DRC, and not domestic consumption? Now You Know!

Table 1- Market Prices for Select Markets in the East Africa Region for the Week Ending 29th September 2017

The Week’s Market Opportunities


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Author; Fostina Mani, Betta Grains. Fostina.Mani@bettagrains.com, Twitter: @FostinaMani.

 Acknowledgment:  The data used for the analysis has been obtained from; IAM, Government of Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, Government of Tanzania, Ministry of Trade and Industry, EAGC, RATIN, Farm Gain Uganda, FEWS NET,  & Betta Grains. 

 Disclaimer. Due to unavailable of data on various border points on formal cross-border trade flows and volumes in the public arena.  The volumes indicated above are mostly from the informal cross-border data that is available to the public.  The purpose of the analysis, is simply to provide an indication of the East Africa Regional Trade flow to SMEs, Smallholder Farmers, and Other Stakeholders in a manner and language that is applicable, simple, and makes sense. Those desiring to obtain actual trade volumes are advised to contact various internationally funded government projects that have been mandated to provide the regional trade data for public good.

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