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Reduce trade roadblocks to improve food security

Published on April 14, 2015

Conventional wisdom usually does not link trade to programs and policies that address poverty. We need to unpack this conventional wisdom and explore how improving key aspects of trade link to development, using as an example how U.S.-Africa trade policies can unlock Africa’s economic potential in agriculture.

More Africans are employed in agriculture than in any other sector, yet one quarter of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is chronically malnourished – and many of those are poor farmers. As Congress is negotiating trade-promotion authority and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), we have an opportunity to help bolster each African country’s capacity to alleviate malnutrition and foster economic growth through reducing broader restrictions, ensuring legal protections for the poor, mitigating the impact of a rise in global prices, and increasing investments. Read more. Source | Huff Post