Trade is a key ingredient in changing farmers’ lives

It has become common knowledge that the agricultural sector is the backbone of the East African countries’ economies and the means of livelihood for most of the rural population. It is the mainstay of the East African Community (EAC) countries directly contributing an average of 26% of the GDP annually to their respective economies, and another 25% indirectly. The sector accounts for an average of 65% of the region’s total exports and provides more than 70% of the population within the EAC with informal employment in the rural areas. The agricultural sector therefore, is not only the driver of East African countries’ economy, but also the means of livelihood for the majority of the people. . . . → Read More:   Trade is a Key Ingredient in Changing Farmers (PDF – 126Kb)

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