All leather-producing countries face different challenges regarding the quality of raw material in the leather value chain. One factor they all have in common is that hides and skins are a by-product of the food industry, and livestock is reared to produce the best meat and/or milk yield, not the best leather. That said, East African tanneries can derive optimal economic value from proper management of hides and skins. SITA has produced a manual, tailored to the East African context, to guide tanneries on how to maximize the pre-tanning quality of hides and skins.
Agro commodity trading in East Africa is associated with risks due to inefficiency. In the last decade, most countries established national commodity exchanges. To promote efficient trading of regional commodities going forward, the East African national commodities exchanges can be harmonized. How? Read SITA's manual.
There are some East African SMEs that are in a good position to diversify into pulses and oilseeds and explore the global market. However, they face barriers. To help them, SITA has created a manual on contract preparation and execution.