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Small-scale farming in Eastern Africa – opportunities for Swiss SMEs

In one of the fastest growing regional economic blocs in the world, the East African Community (EAC),  there is a migration back to the rural areas, where many people require small-scale farming solutions to feed themselves and their families as well as to combine efforts in small holdings and cooperations. What are the opportunities for Swiss SMEs offering agritech solutions? Find out in our trend spotting reports. 

Agriculture Africa

A particularity about the consequences of COVID-19 is the migration back to the rural areas are taking place as many Africans have and are still leaving the larger cities and towns and returning to the rural villages where they were born, grew up or have family. Here, they revert to subsistence agriculture to feed themselves and their families.

The fast-growing East African Community (EAC)

This trend can be observed in the EAC, which is a regional intergovernmental organization of six partner states: the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

As one of the fastest growing regional economic blocs in the world, the EAC is widening and deepening co-operation among the partner states in various key spheres for their mutual benefit. These spheres include co-operation on in political, economic, and social areas.

Now, the regional integration process is in full swing with the establishment of the East African Customs Union, the establishment of the Common Market and the implementation of the East African Monetary Union Protocol.

Reports: Agritech opportunities for Swiss SMEs

Our local office, the Swiss Business Hub Southern Africa has produced trend-spotting reports that you can download below. In the reports on Eastern Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda), you can find agricultural business opportunities and challenges in Kenya, most promising subsectors and concrete opportunities for your international business to expand to East Africa.

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