INTEGRATING THE HORTICULTURAL COUNCIL FOR AFRICA IN THE NILE BASIN INITIATIVE’S ANALYSIS AND SUSTAINABILITY OF CROSS BORDER TRADE IN FRUITS & VEGETABLES ALONG THE SELECTED CORRIDOR

The Horticultural Council for Africa (HCA) was one other organization selected to collaborate in the analysis and sustainability of cross border trade specifically in the fruits and vegetables corridor. The fruits and vegetables selected for the study were passion fruits, pineapple, banana and Irish potatoes. The cross border trade involved four countries: Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />


HCA was selected for this study because of aim of promoting cross border trade and increasing the regions competitiveness in export horticulture to other continents. HCA has member associations in the region of study (Fresh produce exporters association of Kenya (FPEAK), Rwanda Flower Producers and exporters Federation, Horticultural exporters association of Uganda, Horticultural promotion organization of Uganda (HPOU), Kenya Flower council (KFC)). HCA and its member associations do not serve the members only but the whole horticultural industry within Africa. HCA aims to increase the regions competitiveness.


The aim of incorporating HCA was to increase its capacity in Methodology and technical knowledge of analysis of cross border trade while considering factors like youth and gender functionalities, and investment potential and in turn HCA would ensure sustainability of the project by in passing the information to the stakeholders in the sector. The increased Capacity gained will be used to carry out other analysis of cross border trade in the area that may help come up with investment potential and also ensure efficient water use.


This is a report of the participation of HCA in the study from the start to completion and areas in which it can work with NBI and/or other member states to promote cross border trade through the investment potentials identified.


The general objective was to create an enabling environment for the undertaking of collaborative efforts by the NBI and the HCA geared towards improving cross border trade of fruits and vegetables along selected corridors.


 


The outcome of the project was geared towards contributing to effective and sustainable trans-boundary trade; identification of trade-related investment potential; and fruits and vegetables cross border trade gender analysis for the benefit of NB member countries along the specified trade corridors. This report also shows dissemination of the results to the stakeholders involved in the production and trade of cross border trade. 

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