Technology upgradation is one of the main drivers of productivity in East Africa’s Textile and Apparel (T&A) industries and 84% of textile manufacturers want to upgrade.
Having consulted 112 manufacturing firms, SITA’s ‘Facing the Future’ report identifies this demand for upgradation, and analyses the challenges preventing manufacturers from being able to do so: lack of skills, lack of finance and high power costs.
For Ugandan food and beverage companies competing on the domestic market, seal of approval from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is key for success. However, it can be a daunting undertaking for smaller and newer businesses.
The textile and garment industry in Ethiopia is growing rapidly and could be a powerful means for inclusive growth and Sustainable Development. However, there are gaps in the domestic supply chain. SITA has set up a producer-owned company to capitalise on these gaps, leveraging on the appropriate knowledge and technology from India’s a flourishing handloom sector.
The rise of seasoning and spices sector has allowed Indian companies to move up the supply chain. As Indian companies have become agro-processors, there is a rise in demand for unprocessed agricultural inputs.
Meanwhile in Rwanda, agribusinesses can contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8) by diversifying into the corresponding horticultural crops.