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Central Africa conference focuses on regional agricultural trade and value chains

November 3, 2015
  • Central Africa

Regional trade is still very low in Central Africa – 1.2% in 2010, compared with 19% for sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. In contrast, 32% of the region’s trade is with the European Union and 23% with the USA. Boosting intra-regional trade clearly offers great opportunities to create new markets for farmers in the region and to improve food and nutrition security.

To address this issue, CTA is partnering with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to co-host a regional conference on 'Promoting regional agricultural trade and value chains for 2025.'

Sub-titled 'Malabo speaks to Central Africa,' the conference will be held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 16 to 18 November 2015. Building on the Malabo Declaration, the conference will provide a regional platform for dialogue and exchange for all of the public and private actors concerned:

• to review the latest data on regional trade in agricultural products and services in the region and the new opportunities of transforming agriculture
• to assess current knowledge on the development of the subregion's agricultural value chains, with the emphasis on food crops (grain, roots and tubers, fruits and vegetables) and animal products (livestock and fisheries) from case studies and comparative analyses
• to exchange opinions and debate on the policies, approaches, tools and mechanisms needed to: (i) develop regional trade in agricultural products; (ii) structure and strengthen the strategic value chains; and (iii) fund investment in the strategic value chains
• to learn from the public-private partnerships in order to help implement innovative and long-term solutions (e.g. the corridor approach).

The conference will bring together a number of key stakeholders involved in agricultural trade and the development of the region's priority sectors (in particular staple food). It will also involve representatives of the regional integration institutions, specialist regional agencies, producers' organisations, traders, processors, agro-food companies, chambers of agriculture, warehouse managers, bankers, insurers, etc.

For more information on the conference, contact:

CTA: boto@cta.in; fautrel@cta.int;
ECCAS: oumarou.balarabe@ceeac-eccas.org;
NEPAD: augustinw@nepad.org;

Download the concept note (only available in French)

Read the article 'Revamping CTA's presence in the Central African region'