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African exports on the rise: 2020 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor released

By: Antoine Bouet

The third annual Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) was released last week. The report finds both good news and bad news for Africa’s trading system, as well as some important promises.

First the good news.

Impacts of Ghana's COVID-19 Response

By: Sara Gustafson

Poor Diets Driving Malnutrition in Nigeria

In recent decades, the amount of calories available to the average Nigerian on a daily basis has increased significantly. Despite this progress, however, the country continues to battle high levels of malnutrition of varying types. According to a recent research brief, a lack of dietary diversity and dietary quality may be to blame.

Impact of COVID-19 Border Policies

This piece originally appeared on IFPRI.org

Is African Agriculture Waking Up?

This post first appeared on Trade for Development News and the ReSAKSS blog.

Despite longstanding recognition of the benefits of trade and the importance of improving competitiveness, Africa is performing beneath its potential in global and regional agricultural markets.

Understanding local African fertilizer prices

By Joshua Masinde

Walk the Talk: African CFTA

This piece originally appeared in IFPRI.org.

 

BY ANTOINE BOUËT, DAVID LABORDE, FOUSSEINI TRAORÉ AND SWATI MALHOTRA

Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor

Agricultural trade can play a critical role in countries’ economic development and overall food security. While Africa’s share in both global and regional trade has increased in recent years, it remains below optimal levels – and below its great potential.

Africa Continental Free Trade Area

In late March, heads of state from 44 African countries met in Kigali, Rwanda to sign the framework agreement forming a new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). If the agreement is ratified by all 55 member states of the African Union, the AfCFTA would establish one of the largest free trade areas in the world, covering over 1.2 billion people and $2.5 trillion in GDP.

2018 Global Food Policy Report Released

Globalization has played a key role in the sustained economic growth seen in Africa south of the Sahara in recent years, according to IFPRI’s 2018 Global Food Policy Report. However, rising protectionism and anti-globalization in some developed countries could pose a threat to further economic growth and development in the region.

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