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Concept Note


Organizers: AKADEMIYA2063 and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) is a leading continental publication analyzing trends in African agricultural trade and policies. It is produced by the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium and the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) programs, supported by AKADEMIYA2063 and IFPRI. The report uses high-quality data and analytics to review Africa's progress in trade, including critical topics in the agrifood sector.


The 6th edition of the AATM will be unveiled at the AGRF 2023 Summit. The report will be launched during the "Trade and Markets" session, where participants will gain insights into the latest trends in Africa’s agricultural trade. As in prior editions, this sixth AATM provides improved trade statistics and uses consistent indicators to monitor trends in Africa’s participation in global trade as well as the status of intra-African trade. 


The session aims to discuss successful trade and market policies and interventions for sustainable and resilient food systems in Africa. It emphasizes the importance of an enabling environment for private sector investments and addressing infrastructure gaps. The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement requires collaboration between governments, the private sector, and stakeholders like Regional Economic Communities and research institutions. By critically analyzing trade and market dynamics, the session identifies strategies and policy recommendations for transforming current food systems into sustainable, inclusive, and resilient ones.


The session will showcase the following speakers at the AGRF 2023 Summit:


1.      Ms. Femi Oke, International Journalist, Broadcaster and Moderator

2.      Lionel Zinsou, Former Prime Minister, Benin

3.      Melinda Bohannon, Director General, Humanitarian and Development, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

4.     Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, AKADEMIYA2063

5.      Dr. Johan Swinnen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

6.     Hon. Chipoka Mulenga, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia

7.      Hon. Dr. Khalid Salum Mohamed, Minister of Infrastructure, Communication and Transport, Tanzania

8.     Hon. Simplex Chithyola Banda, Minister of Trade and Industry, Malawi

9.     Ms. Monica Hangi, Regional Senior Director, TradeMark Africa

10.   Mr. Mahesh Patel, CEO, ETG Group

11.    Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, Vice-President, International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD)