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Thursday, February 25, 2021

WEBINAR: The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor: What next for the African continent?

25 February 2021
The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor; What Next for the African Continent?
A joint event by WTO-IFPRI-IISD

The aim of the WTO Trade Dialogues on Food is to create a conversation around the role of international trade in food security. The Trade Dialogues on Food invite experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, think tanks and foundations, to debate the most topical issues in food trade. 

Each year the international trading system moves enough wheat, maize, rice and soybean to feed approximately three billion people around the globe. Meanwhile, 190 million tons of fertilizer applied to farmland annually play a key role in helping us grow enough food to sustain our expanding population, with much of it traded on the international stage. Climate change will make international trade even more central to food security, acting as a vital conduit for food from food-surplus to food-deficit nations in the wake of natural calamities. 

The Trade Dialogues on Food are designed to shed greater light on the complexity of the food trade nexus, creating a safe space for public policy debate.

Background Documents :


  • Chahir Zaki - Associate Professor of Economics (and Co-Editor of the Trade Monitor), Cairo University
  • Halima Noor - Senior Trade Advisor at the African Union
  • Elizabeth Nsimadala - President of the Pan-African Farmers Organization and the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation
  • Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter - Ambassador of South Africa to the WTO
  • Edwini Kessie - Director, Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO
  • Moderator - Doaa Abdel-Motaal - Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division
  • Moderator - Jonathan Hepburn - Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development

WEBINAR: The African Agriculture Trade Monitor 2020

20 October 2020. 09:30 am to 10:45 am (EDT) The African Agriculture Trade Monitor 2020

Against the background of worldwide trade disruptions due to COVID-19, IFPRI and AKADEMIYA2063 are launching the third annual Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM), the leading comprehensive report on African agricultural trade flows and policies. The report's authors will discuss emerging trends in African countries’ trade flows and compositions, comparative advantages globally and regionally, tariff and non-tariff trade protection, and recent extraregional and intraregional trade developments. The 2020 AATM includes special coverage of the extensive informal cross-border trade across Africa and initiatives to measure informal trade, along with an assessment of regional integration outcomes in this year’s region of focus: The Southern African Development Community (SADC).

This seminar explored the opportunities to develop stronger regional value chains by removing trade barriers and capitalize on the recently ratified African Continental Free Trade Area.

  • Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, Acting Managing Director, AKADEMIYA2063
  • Antoine Bouet, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Mamello Nchake, Senior Research Fellow, Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis
  • Sunday Odjo, Deputy Director, Knowledge Systems, AKADEMIYA2063
  • Chahir Zaki, Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University
  • Tracy Davids, Manager, Commodity Markets & Foresight, Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) & Researcher, University of Pretoria
  • Antoine Bouet, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Julie Kurtz, Research Analyst, IFPRI
BOOK Africa agriculture trade monitor 2020.
PAGES: 190

The 2020 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor, the third in this series of flagship reports, presents an overview of trade in agriculture products in Africa and highlights the main impediments that affect intra- and extra-African trade. 
  • This year’s report includes chapters focusing on intra-Africa trade integration for agricultural products, including the role of nontariff measures, and on the competitiveness of African value chains that are crucial for food security (cereals, sugar, vegetable oils). 

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