Experts at the 47th Brussels Development Briefing on the topic of “Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities” all agreed that Africa’s largest market opportunity lies within the continent. The event, which was held at the ACP Secretariat on Friday 3 February 2017 attracted an audience of close to 200 people, who joined the organisers to discuss the progress made in integrating Africa’s regional markets, and to explore suggestions for overcoming barriers to intra-African trade. Key findings from the African Agricultural Trade Status Report (AAFTR) 2017 by CTA and IFPRI were also presented at the Briefing. The event was co-organised by CTA, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD.
January 24, 2017
Realising opportunities in neighbouring markets
In a short span of time, the idea of expanding regional trade between the countries of sub-Saharan Africa has gone from a lofty ambition to a veritable necessity. Buffeted by stormy global markets and bruised by unreliable demand, African countries are re-evaluating what kinds and scales of trade can best support the diversified livelihoods of 10–12 million young people entering the workforce every year – while also meeting their needs for affordable food.
According to a new publication from CTA, adopting an innovation systems approach to agricultural and rural development can support inclusive development. Smallholder famers will benefit if the right policies and institutional mechanisms are in place. In this approach, learning takes center stage. Farmers and other agri-entrepreneurs are actively involved in the generation of knowledge and technologies. They are also part of the decision-making processes for overcoming challenges as well as creating and taking advantage of knowledge, technologies and opportunities.
Samoa advanced its agritourism development through a policy setting workshop on 13 - 16 December, in Apia. This event brought together over 70 experts, notably national stakeholders representing the fields of tourism, agriculture, trade and health, private sector representatives as well as Samoa’s foremost development partners.