WEBINAR: The African Agriculture Trade Monitor 2020

20 October 2020. 09:30 am to 10:45 am (EDT) The African Agriculture Trade Monitor 2020

Against the background of worldwide trade disruptions due to COVID-19, IFPRI and AKADEMIYA2063 are launching the third annual Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM), the leading comprehensive report on African agricultural trade flows and policies. The report’s authors will discuss emerging trends in African countries’ trade flows and compositions, comparative advantages globally and regionally, tariff and non-tariff trade protection, and recent extraregional and intraregional trade developments. The 2020 AATM includes special coverage of the extensive informal cross-border trade across Africa and initiatives to measure informal trade, along with an assessment of regional integration outcomes in this year’s region of focus: The Southern African Development Community (SADC).

This seminar explored the opportunities to develop stronger regional value chains by removing trade barriers and capitalize on the recently ratified African Continental Free Trade Area.


  • Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, Acting Managing Director, AKADEMIYA2063
  • Antoine Bouet, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Mamello Nchake, Senior Research Fellow, Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis
  • Sunday Odjo, Deputy Director, Knowledge Systems, AKADEMIYA2063
  • Chahir Zaki, Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University
  • Tracy Davids, Manager, Commodity Markets & Foresight, Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) & Researcher, University of Pretoria
  • Antoine Bouet, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Julie Kurtz, Research Analyst, IFPRI

BOOK Africa agriculture trade monitor 2020.

PAGES: 190

The 2020 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor, the third in this series of flagship reports, presents an overview of trade in agriculture products in Africa and highlights the main impediments that affect intra- and extra-African trade. 
  • This year’s report includes chapters focusing on intra-Africa trade integration for agricultural products, including the role of nontariff measures, and on the competitiveness of African value chains that are crucial for food security (cereals, sugar, vegetable oils). 
  • The importance and measurement of informal cross-border trade for agricultural products is also examined. The final chapter looks at regional integration experiences in Southern Africa, with a focus on the Southern Africa Development Community. 
  • The report offers policy recommendations for improving agricultural exports performance, especially in the context of the unprecedented uncertainty the world is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chapter 1: Overview [download]
Chapter 2: Africa in Global Agricultural Trade [download]
Chapter 3: Intra-African Trade Integration [download]
Chapter 4: Competitiveness of African Countries in Agrifood Products [download]
Chapter 5: Informal Cross-Border Trade in Africa [download]
Chapter 6: Regional Integration Southern Africa [download]
Summary and Conclusions [download]

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