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New on our Knowledge Center: The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor 2018

Published on September 13, 2018

Ag_Monitor.JPGThe Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor 2018 is a publication by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in partnership with the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The report examines Africa’s recent performance
in different markets and identifies changes in the composition and direction of global, intra-Africa and intra-regional economic community trade in agricultural products. The report finds that Africa’s agricultural trade has increased over time, with faster growth in imports contributing to a growing trade deficit. The continent’s agricultural exports tripled in value between 1998 and 2013, while the value of imports increased fivefold, due in part to strong growth in population and incomes and increased food demand.

It also emphasizes that to improve trade performance, action is needed to raise productivity along the value chain, reduce trade costs and eliminate barriers to trade. The report offers recommendations for African policymakers who recognize the importance of agricultural trade for economic development and have committed to tripling the level of intra-regional agricultural trade by 2025.