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COVID-19 & African agricultural trade and food security

This piece originally appeared on IFPRI.org.

By: Julie Kurtz 

Upgrading Rice Value Chains in West Africa

By: Sara Gustafson

In the wake of the 2008 food price crisis, many policymakers and development practitioners shifted their focus toward enhancing the capacity and resilience of domestic food value chains. In West Africa, this new focus centered on rice. Since rice constitutes a leading staple food source in the region, it was hoped that increased investment in this area would increase domestic rice production and reduce reliance on imports, thus improving food security.

2020 Global Food Policy Report

Africa’s food system has experienced rapid transformation in recent years, driven by widespread urbanization and increasing incomes. In addition, initiatives like the African Continental Free Trade Area have resulted in changes to market structure and functioning in an effort to spur regional trade and economic growth. These changes present new income-generating opportunities all along the agrifood value chain, from farmers to processors, traders, distributors, and the food service industry.  

Smallholders & Avocados in Kenya

By Mulubrhan Amare and Julia Wilson

Kenya is the world’s third largest producer of avocados. It’s also Kenya’s leading fruit export, accounting for nearly one-fifth of its total horticultural exports.

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.

Lasting impacts after interventions

This piece originally appeared on IFPRI.org. By Alan de Brauw.

Consumer Demand & Processed Food in Nigeria

By: Alan de Brauw and Sylvan Herskowitz. This piece originally appeared on the A4NH blog.

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.

FEWS Net Updates: East Africa

Parts of the Eastern Horn of Africa experienced above-average precipitation between March and May, followed by more heavy rainfall in the northern areas of the region during the start of the June-September wet season. This increased rainfall has led to severe flooding in several areas of the region, and FEWS Net forecasts flooding and heavy rains to continue into December. Sudan remains the hardest hit, with parts of northern Ethiopia and western South Sudan also impacted.

Using drones for data in Tanzania

This piece originally appeared on the WeRobotics blog

 

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