Released the 9th of October 2014, the latest Annual Trends and Outlook Report from the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) ‘Promoting Agricultural Trade to Enhance Resilience in Africa’, assesses the structure and performance of trade by African countries in global and regional agricultural markets.
The food price crises of 2007/2008 and 2010/2011 highlighted how trade in agricultural products can have serious impacts on the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people in particular. For instance, some government responses such as safety nets for the vulnerable were instrumental in preventing people falling further into poverty, but protectionist measures restricting exports proved ineffective or costly for local farmers in terms of lost income.
This report highlights how trade is of particular importance as it affects the availability of and access to food and the rate at which the economy…
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