Policy Options For Improving The Effectiveness Of Quality Control Mechanisms For Agricultural Inputs And Outputs To Enhance Cross-Border Trade In Africa.
- Post by: Faraafrica
- February 27, 2023
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Intra-African trade is currently low at 14.4% of total African exports. The continent’s current untapped
export potential amounts to $21.9 billion, equivalent to 43% of intra-African exports.
- Strengthening the control mechanisms of agricultural input supply systems and regulatory measures will ensure the availability, affordability, and accessibility of quality agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, animal breeds, and animal feed to smallholder farmers to enable them to increase output to promote intracontinental trade.
- Establishing and strengthening commodity value chains, and linking them to processing, marketing and trade organizations will serve as demand-pull factors to stimulate further production, create employment for the youth and promote cross-border trade.
- Within the framework of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), it is vital to reduce intraregional trade barriers including tariff, quotas, and bills to the barest minimum to promote cross-border trade.
- Building capacity in partial and general equilibrium modeling to generate statistics and forecast for major agricultural commodity production levels, input prices and utilization, stocks, intra-regional trade and their integration, impact of climate change, as well as integration into global trade, will help to inform current and future agricultural sector investments, trade and regional integration policies in Africa.