The World Bank gives out a new report on agricultrual trade and food production/markets within Africa called Africa Can Help Feed Africa – Removing barriers to regional trade in food staples.
Africa’s growing demand for food has been met increasingly by imports from the global market. This, coupled with rising global food prices, brings ever-mounting food import bills. In addition, population growth and changing demand patterns will double demands over the next 10 years. Clearly, business as usual with food staples is not sustainable.
But there is a solution—and it comes from within Africa. Through regional trade, Africa’s farmers have the potential to meet much of the rising demand, while providing substitutes for more expensive imports from the global market.