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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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Looking to the future for credit and finance solutions

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Smallholder farmers in Africa continue to face numerous hurdles accessing credit or loans to increase their production. Amongst other factors, partnerships are key to addressing this, but governments need to take the lead, state experts from the sector.

L'agriculture en Afrique : comment nourrir un continent qui subit le réchauffement climatique ?

Selon les experts, l'Afrique risque de connaître d'ici à 2050 une baisse de 20% de ses rendements agricoles.

Empowering Africa's women in agriculture

Godan executive director underlines the importance of empowering women in agriculture through open data initiatives at Africa women innovation & entrepreneurship forum, South Africa.

Fresh food for Rwanda’s urban consumers

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A consistent market for fresh food producers is being provided by an online grocery store and delivery service, which leverages consumer data to match local supply with demand.

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