India is the world’s largest producer and consumer of pulses and East African countries are amongst the top ten suppliers of pulses to India, although a number of value chain studies support the view that there is a major untapped potential for further growth in production and ultimately exports to India. International Economics, through its CEO, provided technical advice to the ITC and prepared a concept note for the African Green Revolution Forum, which aimed at bring together East African and Indian private sector, government and agricultural experts to discuss opportunities and challenges to boost production and export of pulses in East Africa to India.
Preparation of the Concept Note for the African Green Revolution Forum
The Project at A Glance
What We Found
The Pulses Session at the African Green Revolution Forum aimed at putting forward a joint solution for public and private sectors to boost production and export of pulses in East Africa to India with a more sustainable supply of the commodity, while at the same time delivering a reliable source of income for East African farmers. The wider impact was to stabilise the farm gate price for farmers and address malnutrition challenges by increasing the supply of a protein rich staple food, as well as strengthen south-south trade linkages.
The aim of this assignment was to draft a concept note focusing on: opportunities for exporting pulses from Kenya and Tanzania to India, current challenges that should be addressed, and solutions through the channel of an integrated approach from partners and buyers, as well as policymakers in East Africa.
Our Strategy and Impact
The desired outcome of the Roundtable was for the Indian government and private sector to commit to supporting an integrated intervention in the pulses value chain in Eastern Africa to improve production levels and productivity of pulses, as well as raise the incomes of smallholder producers. Our CEO prepared a concept note that served as a background note to foster discussions during the roundtable.
Based on the consultations with regional associations and relevant government officials, as well as data analysis, the team drafted a Concept Note which focused on: Opportunities for exporting pulses from Kenya and Tanzania to India; Challenges and constraints that will need to be addressed; and Solutions through the channel of an integrated approach from partners such as the AGRA, WFP, ITC and buyers as well as policy maker in East Africa.
Our Core Solutions
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