Rwanda’s cross-border markets boost trade
There is strong evidence that cross-border markets have positively impacted livelihoods through enhanced incomes, including among youth and women. This has positively impacted Karongi District, including the economic welfare of the residents.
Local markets in Tuvalu offer trade lifeline on sinking Island
Isolated, Tuvalu turned to improving its internal trade. In October 2020 the Department of Business, with support from the Enhanced Integrated Framework, (EIF) launched the Tau Maketi (your market) initiative to help vulnerable small businesses play a more active role in Tuvalu’s domestic market and make up for diminished foreign demand.
In CAR farmers plant maize and harvest peace
Supporting farmers and agricultural cooperatives in a post-conflict context is not what funders of international aid often consider a safe bet. But turning swords into ploughs can pave a sustainable path out of conflict for communities, as results from a project supported by the Enhanced Integrated Framework in four districts of the country show.
Cambodia shows LDCs how to get into ecommerce
LDCs have traditionally relied on high-cost, low-impact means of showing off their goods by, for example, hiring booths at trade shows and expos. Ecommerce platforms allow them to exponentially grow the number of products they can show off to potential customers, simplify the selling process, reduce transactional costs, increase trade revenues, and boost economic growth.
Tracing Rwandan coffee digitally for inclusive trade
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong digital presence has, more than ever, become a key element for small businesses in the coffee sector to access new buyers and benefit from international markets.
Turning waste into opportunity – Tuvalu's contribution to the circular economy
The saying one man's trash is another man's treasure has never been more apt for Tuvalu's first export. In June 2021, two shipping containers of crushed aluminium cans from Tuvalu headed towards South Korea. This marked a first in the country's commitment to the circular economy.
In Cambodia, going with the (rice) grain
Resilience is necessary in the rice trade, developing it requires many About 80% of Cambodians are rural farmers, and rice is the country’s main crop. But, until the last decade or so, the sector had not been living up to its potential.
Story: Gambian entrepreneur empowers women through organic cotton production
Originally published by International Trade Centre on 3rd February 2021
Changing mindsets, boosting farmer spirits in the Solomon Islands
A fresh style of training for agriculturalists addresses topics from creativity to financial literacy
Ugandan ecommerce platforms power recovery from COVID-19 crisis
Partnerships with development agencies and government efforts to boost the digital economy are helping soften the economic blow of the pandemic.
Bangladesh seeing success leveraging resources to enhance trade
In 2017, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Commerce secured US$50 million from the World Bank to address trade facilitation and export diversification issues.
Much more than a health crisis: What EIF has learnt from COVID-19
As LDCs grapple with ongoing economic fallout from COVID-19, EIF activities have yielded valuable insights for recovery.
Making it faster and easier for South Asian women to take businesses online
Recently launched ecommerce training program and portal will help hundreds of women entrepreneurs in South Asian LDCs become part of regional and global supply chains.
Vanuatu leading Pacific in digitising customs and biosecurity clearance
Country’s online trading system off to a timely start, as COVID’s physical distancing requirements disrupt manual systems
Young designer shaking up Gambia’s fashion industry
Taking traditional African prints and making them modern, a female entrepreneur is aiming to go global – armed with the right business tools
For better business, making standard measurements work in Lao PDR
Carefully calibrating its trade support and compliance to international standards, country is targeting more exports
In Malawi, bolstering youth and women’s employment through sectoral skills strategies
Skills strategies can provide a bridging mechanism to enable disadvantaged groups such as youth and women to gain from international trade.
Detoxifying crops in The Gambia, from the ground up
Conquering a nut pollutant means lives and livelihoods saved in the process
Supporting Least Developed Countries take advantage of ‘the biggest trade reform in a generation’
Facilitating trade across borders means transparency, assistance and knowing what countries need
Supporting sustained collaboration key to coherent agriculture and trade outcomes in Africa, report says
Implementation is everything in aligning trade and agriculture in LDCs in Africa
In the business of buying and selling across borders, financing for a better future
Funding for traders, for government trade support and for infrastructure means resources at work in critical spaces in Rwanda
Protecting an enigmatic commodity with enormous potential – gum arabic
For an arid swath of Africa, a sap-like substance offers income possibilities for the poorest of the poor, along with environmental benefits
The Gambia sounding out its agricultural potential
With cashew prices surging and armed with solid trade policy, the country is looking to boost its farmers and processors
For wool creatives in Nepal, making all the right connections is key
Flock maintaining, brand strengthening, and market expanding: Nepal's pashmina producers are aiming high
From hunting to harvesting: Zambia’s eco-friendly approach to beekeeping
Recognising that traditional honey harvesting damages the forest, Zambia’s rural communities are using modern beekeeping practices that value trees and produce better quality honey.
Training the next generation of trade negotiators in Zambia
You may not expect a graduate of an arts degree to say that a trade policy course was their favourite subject, but if you ask Zondwayo Duma from Zambia, that’s exactly what he’ll tell you
How Cambodia became ‘famous’ for its trade strategy
The year is 2017 and Cambodia has stepped into a role that has been out of its reach for years — the voice of the 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the Word Trade Organization.
Women at the helm of Senegal’s burgeoning mango industry
Aminata Dominique Diouf was seven years old when her father bought a small farm 15 minutes from the Senegal-Gambia border.
Maldives: A trade and investment pathway for post-graduation
The Maldives has unique challenges due to its recent graduation from least developed country (LDC) status in 2011, and the resulting loss of trade preferences that it had been accorded as an LDC.