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Putting farmers’ experiences into practice

Sustainable intensification

By examining the driving forces behind increased agricultural trade, at global and regional levels, the Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor 2018 provides insight into the transformation of African economies. The success of intra-regional trade and improved global exports are studied against the backdrop of increasing African imports.

The report provides a clear narrative about trade developments that occurred primarily between 1998 and 2013, with particular attention paid to how and why Africa’s trade balance became negative in the early 2000s. The primary reasons – a growing urban population and constraints to trade – are explored in the report.

This joint publication from CTA and the International Food Policy Research Institute is the second annual report of its kind (see Spore review of the African Agricultural Trade Status Report 2017, https://tinyurl.com/y7jke6av). Emphasis in this latest report is placed upon increased intra-regional trade of agricultural commodities and the benefits that this is having in Africa’s regional economic areas. For example, a chapter on West Africa examines the potential for intra-regional trade to increase the region’s market resilience.

Key findings and policy implications, such as the need for African governments to further invest in infrastructure, are also detailed in this report, which substantiates its claims with figures and graphs. This makes the publication an essential guide to the diversification and the competitiveness of trade across the continent.


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Josephat Muchiri Njonge cultive la terre depuis 35 ans. Depuis toutes ces années, le cultivateur kényan n’a jamais vu ses arbustes à café éclater avec autant de fruits sur sa verdoyante parcelle en coteaux.

Enhancing agricultural extension with ICTs

To enable smallholder farmers to improve production, reduce crop loss and ultimately increase productivity, it’s crucial to transform agricultural extension services through impactful decision-support tools and digital know-how.

Supporting advisory services for smart farming


Digitalisation is improving the agricultural extension system by providing services at the right time, and facilitating adoption of new agronomic practices, resulting in yield improvements and higher incomes for farming households.

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