SITA Publications

Recent Publications by SITA

SITA regularly produces reports and guides to support its work in East Africa. Below is a repository of all of SITA recent reports and technical papers.

Going for Green: Sustainability Solutions for East Africa’s Textile and Leather Sectors

International fashion brands want to be sustainable, so they need their suppliers to comply to sustainability standards. SITA’s Going for Green report looks at sustainability solutions that support East African suppliers to make the transition, so that they can sell both inputs and finished goods to international markets. The technical paper was launched at Going4Green 2021, with textile companies from the region and high level policy-makers.

Renewable Energy in East Africa: Textile Sector Learnings from the Indian Experience

With private and public investment, the hurdles that have thwarted large-scale deployment of renewables in East Africa can be overcome. SITA has launched this report on the state and future of renewables in the textile sector, based on Textile Sector Learnings from the Indian Experience, at Going4Green 2021.

Access to Finance Guide for East African Businesses

SITA identified access to finance as a major barrier facing entrepreneurs, it reduces their capacity and therefore propensity for growth. For example, some East African MSMEs lack the finances to move towards sustainability; once sustainable, they can then access international markets and get profits to pay back loans or give investors their return. SITA created an Access to Finance Guide, which was launched at TextilesExchange 2021 in a high-level webinar and which forms the basis of SITA’s numerous training sessions on this topic.

Technology Upgradation in East Africa’s Textiles and Apparel Sector: Facing the Future

To unlock the full potential of East Africa’s Textile and Apparel sector, steps need to be taken to support technological advancement. But what are the barriers? To establish which steps will be most effective, SITA consulted 112 of approximately 190 manufacturing companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The technical paper was launched at ITME Africa in December 2020.

Manual on Contract Preparation and Execution for the Pulses and Oilseeds Sector

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.

Germplasm Status of Oilseeds in East Africa: Strategies for Improvement

Government policies could do more to support the oilseed sector’s journey towards self-sufficiency. However, as it stands seed policy is either too generic, treating all early-stage germplasm as a public good with heavy state involvement, or too specific, applying odd policies for specific crops in specific countries. Challenges in seed availability can be overcome by scaling up the formal seed sector while also supporting the informal seed systems. SITA’s technical report provides a policy-maker’s guide as to how. 

Integrating Trade Platforms for Export: Technical Report

Agro commodity trading in East Africa is associated with risks due to inefficiency, which puts millions at risk of food insecurity. In the last decade, national commodity exchanges were established across East Africa. To promote efficient trading of regional commodities going forward, the East African national commodities exchanges can be harmonized. How? This is what SITA’s manual on Integrating East Africa’s Trade Platforms addresses.

Maximizing the pre-tanning quality of hides and skins

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.

Techno commercial feasibility study of Castor in East Africa

The castor plant is seen as an undesirable weed by farmers in many countries, yet it produces one of the most versatile natural oils. To date, manufacturers have found more than 700 applications for castor oil and its derivatives. Moreover, unlike many synthetic chemicals, castor oil is biodegradable and sustainable, so it is considered to be a “green” resource. Given all the potential of Castor in contributing to East Africa’s sustainable economic growth, SITA presents this feasibility study, which maps out how castor farming and processing enterprises could be set up in East Africa.