Project: Kenya and East Africa Trade and Resilience Analysis

In the past decade, East Africa has experienced many changes in its trading environment. Although some of these changes are directed towards reducing trade barriers generally, many are focused on expanding intra-regional trade and investment. While increased regional trade could improve food security by increasing the availability of and access to a stable supply of diverse and nutritious foods for vulnerable households, such a link is not straightforward and is difficult to quantify. 

  • As a sub-contractor to Integra Government Services International, LLC (Integra) under the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project (LEAP III), Limestone is leading a landscape assessment of the analytical work that has been done to study this link.  
  • Upon completion, this landscape assessment will be used to develop an analysis plan to specify a technical approach that the project team will use to study the relationships between improved regional trade and food security.

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Comprehensive Desk Review
  • Review of the academic and policy research already completed on food security and resilience, trade, and the food security/trade nexus.


Landscape Map
  • Compiling the findings of the desk review and the stakeholder interviews to summarize the existing research in this analytical space, and to review the current analytical methods used to study trade, food security, and the nexus between these topics.


Analysis Plan
  • After completing the landscape map and identifying the key learning areas, this step will focus on defining research questions that will provide insight into the relative importance of different aspects of food security, trade, and resilience in the region’s development. These will be motivated by the organization’s learning agenda.