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Family Farming: Intra-regional trade to feed the African continent


Undernourishment affects 37% of East Africans and 12% of West Africans. The continent's food needs will continue to increase sharply over the coming decades, due to demographic growth and to expected improvement in living standards. Trade between African countries can help meet this need and at the same time strengthen the roles of family agriculture and local products in domestic economies. However, intra-African trade is still very weak compared to imports from the rest of the world and represents only 10 to 20% of the continent's trade exchanges. Its development entails suitable agricultural and trade policies that further the development of local production and marketing value chains.


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