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.