Imports: Vulnerable food markets

Many ACP countries are dependent on food imports. However new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which analysed trade and food production data from 140 countries from 1986-2010, suggests that reliance on international trade can exacerbate already vulnerable food systems, as countries experience food shortages caused by market fluctuations.

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.