African countries have diversified both their exports and trade partners over the last decade, African agricultural trade still suffers from structural problems as well as exogenous shocks. Against this backdrop, the 2021 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) analyzes continental and regional trends in African agricultural trade flows and policies. The report also discusses the implications of two major events affecting African trade in 2020 and 2021: the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The fourth edition of the AATM will be launched on September 10 during the AGRF 2021 Summit. The AATM is produced as a collaborative effort between AKADEMIYA2063 and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Session participants will discuss the research findings and policy recommendations of the 2021 AATM, an annual publication dedicated to addressing intra-African agricultural trade and informing AfCFTA implementation.
Specific objectives of the Session are to discuss:
|12:55- 13:02||Icebreaker Introductions|
Chairperson— Ms. Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director, East and Southern Africa Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kenya
Welcome Remarks [3 mins]
Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
Opening Remarks [3 mins]
Dr. James Oehmke, Acting Division Chief, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USA
Keynote Address: 2021 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor [8 mins]
Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, AKADEMIYA2063, Senegal
|13:16–13:18||Presentation of 2021 AATM [2 mins]
|13:18–13:22||Interactive Quiz [4 mins]
Moderated Panel Discussion [20 mins]
Moderator— Ms. Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director, East and Southern Africa Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kenya
Mr. Yves Bernard Ningabire, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda
Dr. Johan Swinnen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) & Global Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR, USA
Dr. Silver Ojakol, Chief of Staff, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, Ghana
Dr. Maximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Italy
|13:42–13:45||Closing Remarks [3 mins]
Dr. Heike Hoeffler, Project Lead, Agricultural Trade, Agribusiness, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
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