Africa Can Help Feed Africa: Removing barriers to regional trade in food staples
Nov 21, 2012 15:00
Nov 21, 2012 17:00
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The World Bank Geneva Office, together with the World Trade Organization, hosted a presentation of the recently-launched report "Africa Can Help Feed Africa: Removing barriers to regional trade in food staples" on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, from 15;00 - 17:00 at the World Trade Organization. This report discusses how opening up cross-border trade will boost the potential for greater food production in Africa and contribute to food security by improving poor people’s access to food and by increasing returns to poor farmers for the food they produce. The rise in global food prices and the ever-growing food import bill have prompted sharp attention on agricultural policies in Africa. African policy makers are grappling with what unstable food prices mean for their countries; how these price movements will affect their food security situation; how the private sector is likely to respond; and what governments themselves can do. In addition, they fear that global warming may significantly change the location of food production within Africa.
Selina Jackson, the Special Representative to the UN and the WTO opened the meeting, and was followed by Paul Brenton, the Lead Economist for Africa and principal author of the report, World Bank, who presented the Report and gave further insight on how African governments must help Africans trade with each other. Evan Rogerson, Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division at the WTO chaired the discussions, which ended with a Q & A from the audience.