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FoodTrade East and Southern Africa Final Evaluation: Key findings, lessons and recommendations

Summarising the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa final evaluation, you can now read the key findings and how the FTESA aimed to address the likes of limited access to capital, and much more.

This brief provides an overview of the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FTESA) programme and
summarises the final evaluation’s findings, lessons and recommendations.

FTESA was a five-year (2013–2018) regional programme funded by the Department for International
Development (DFID) UK (£35 million) that supported food staples market development and trade by
tackling market failures. A Programme Management Unit (PMU) managed and supported programme implementation. FTESA funded interventions by awarding grants (22 in total) to the private sector via a challenge fund mechanism and to non-commercial organisations via a development fund. FTESA’s programme operations and grant coverage focused largely on five countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

The FTESA sought to address a wide range of challenges:

  • Significant post-harvest losses and inadequate storage and aggregation systems
  • Limited access to capital
  • Limited access to improved inputs and advice on good agricultural practices
  • Lack of access to markets
  • Lack of information and transparency
  • Government interference

FTESA aimed to catalyse lasting changes that enable efficient trade in staple foods across the region and contribute to price and market stability.