The level of intra-regional trade of cereals such as maize, millet, sorghum and rice is lagging way below its potential in West Africa, despite opportunities from flourishing local production and strong demand from growing urban populations. A conference on How to structure the grain trade in West Africa: which market instruments and public policy measures? will examine some of the current constraints to increased intra-regional trade in the cereals sector, as well as ways of making it more dynamic. The event will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from November 29 to December 1.

Enhancing intra-regional grain value chains in West Africa will complement the many, often large, initiatives of other agencies that work on the grain trade in the West African region. With a specific focus on maize, sorghum, millet and rice, the project will target farmers, the private sector and governments with a three-step approach to boost outputs from farms and the business around the grain market.

September 21, 2016

"Grain agribusiness in West Africa: “What market instruments and public policies are needed to enhance the fluidity of the regional grain market in the ECOWAS region?” That is the subject of the regional conference organised by CTA, the West Africa Farmers' organisation Network (ROPPA), the West African Grain Network (WAGN) and the African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) from 29 November to 1 December 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Around 200 participants are expected to share their experiences and best practices, and propose ways of promoting cross-border grain value chains in West Africa.

Promoting structured grain trade in Africa

CTA director Michael Hailu: Speech for the 6th African Grain Trade Summit

October 1, 2015

The 6th African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) opened today in Kigali, Rwanda. The three-day event is a biennial high-level multi-stakeholder forum organised by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC). Read the speech delivered by CTA's director, Michael Hailu at the official opening ceremony.