The USAID East Africa Trade Hub works with regional public and private sector partners to develop systems and policies that improve competitive regional and international trade and food security in East Africa.
Trade Hub partners include regional economic communities (RECs) such as the East African Community (EAC) and regional trade associations (RTAs) such as the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC).
USAID/East Africa’s 2011-2015 strategy for Feed the Future (FTF) builds on eight years of results and experience with the Initiative to End Hunger in Africa, the Global Food Security Response, and the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. Under FTF, USAID/EA works closely with African regional organizations and other donors to achieve joint goals: to sustainably reduce chronic hunger, raise the incomes of the rural poor, and reduce the number of children suffering from under-nutrition.
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional economic community of five member states - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda Tanzania and Uganda - wi th a combined population of more than 133.1 million and a 2010 GDP of $45.5 billion. USAID helps EAC to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investment.
The 2006 ceasefire started a recovery process for Burundi after 13 years of ethnic warfare that took an estimated 300,000 lives. Today USAID is collaborating with the Government of Burundi (GOB), other international donors, and implementing partners to accelerate social service delivery, advance democratization, enhance food security, and rebuild the country’s economy.
The health status of East African residents is among the poorest in the world. High rates of infectious diseases and maternal and child mortality challenge national health systems that remain underfunded and overburdened.
Nonetheless, the past decade has seen considerable progress throughout the region, with particular gains in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment as well as child survival rates. USAID contributes significantly to these important achievements.
Last updated: January 23, 2014