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The regional grain trade in West Africa – an opportunity not to be missed

Bolstering West Africa’s cereal market could bring benefits for small-scale farmers and other actors in the value chain, as well as for large numbers of urban consumers. In the run-up to the West African conference: How to structure the grain trade in West Africa: which market instruments and public policy measures? CTA’s senior programme coordinator on value chains Vincent Fautrel explains the challenges and opportunities of the regional grain trade. The conference, jointly organised by CTA, AFRACA, ROPPA and WAGN, is due to be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from November 29 to December 1, 2016.

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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.