AGRODEP NEWS

By: Antoine Bouët, Brahima Cissé and  Fousseini Traoré Blog originally posted on telos-eu.com Mark Twain once warned, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Yet statistics are a fundamental tool for economic policy and decision-making by governments, international institutions, and even the private sector. International trade statistics play a...
By: Sara Gustafson Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org In 2019, as many as 135 million people across 55 countries required urgent food, nutrition, and livelihood assistance, according to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises. This was the highest global number of acutely food-insecure people on record. The GRFC’s mid-year update, released in early October, takes a look at recent data for 26 of those...
By: Antoine Bouet Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org The third annual Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) was released last week. The report finds both good news and bad news for Africa’s trading system, as well as some important promises. First the good news. The value of African agricultural exports grew steadily between 2003 and 2018, and African exports are expanding in several emerging and fast-...
  By: Evans Osabuohien Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org Recent occurrences in the global arena, such as volatile commodity and resource markets, suggest the urgent need for African countries to develop policy options that can mitigate resource constraints and their attendant consequences. The transformation and development of Africa’s agricultural sector, especially the development of functional value chains,...
By Obayelu Abiodun Elijah and Obayelu Oluwakemi Adeola Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org   Global food systems face numerous pressures including population growth, urbanization, climate change, resource depletion, health challenges, and the vested interests of food and agricultural businesses that benefit from lack of financial and regulatory responsibilities for protecting public health and the environment, to name...
  By IFPRI Communications and Public Affairs Originally posted on wca.ifpri.info   ACCRA, 4 September 2019 – A new report points to non-tariff barriers, high trading costs and a lack of product diversification as the biggest impediments to Africa’s agricultural trade performance. The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor 2019 examines the effectiveness of efforts to increase regional trade integration and intra-...