Boosting regional trade in Africa

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A recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, ‘The state of agricultural commodity markets’, says that international trade has the potential to stabilize markets and reallocate food from surplus to deficit regions, helping countries adapt to climate change and contribute towards food security.

However, the report adds that we must “ensure that the evolution and expansion of agricultural trade is equitable and works for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition globally. What happens in one part of the globe will undoubtedly affect other parts, and domestic and foreign policies must take account of this.”

This sentiment also applies to how African countries make use of trade measures, such as import tariffs, to create an environment in which agricultural development will not be scuppered by cheap food imports.

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