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A collaboration to boost intra-African trade

From 11-12 July 2013, representatives of CTA, UNECA, CIRAD, and Michigan State University are meeting at CTA Wageningen to discuss the implementation of a continent-wide MIS network in Africa.

The initiative, called the African Agricultural Market Information Systems Network (AAMIS-Net), aims to boost intra-African trade in order to strengthen regional markets.

This is in response to the lack of reliable and up-to-date information systems in African markets. This renders producers unable to make well informed production decisions to respond to market demands, for traders to take advantage of market opportunities, and for policy makers to take informed decisions on such issues as food insecurity and price volatility. All of this corresponds to a high cost of intra-African business, and spurs businesses to trade outside of the region.

Inter-linking national and sub-regional MIS could bring much value in internal markets. It could create a platform for dialogue, mutual sharing of information and experience across the continent. MIOA, the MIS collective in the Americas, speaks in favour of a collaborative approach.

Following the Expert Group Meeting organised by UNECA in Addis Ababa in May 2012, where a core group of African MIS and representatives of RECs called for the set-up of a continent-wide network to strengthen the skills of MIS institutions in Africa, CTA is holding this technical partnership meeting to discuss how to operationalize the initiative. At the end of this meeting, the participants will yield an agreed upon funding model for implementation, as well as a well defined roadmap and action plan.