Saturday, 22 August 2009

Developing African Agriculture through Regional Value Chains

The 2009 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) has warned that the food crisis across Africa is not over yet although food prices are on the decline. The report which is a flagship publication of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Africa Union Commission says that food prices are likely to stay high in the medium term.

"At the same time, many African countries continue to suffer from food shortage
and food insecurity due to drought, conflicts and rigid supply conditions among other factors," adds the report.
This year's report is focused on "Developing African Agriculture through Regional Value Chains". It provides a comprehensive analysis of developments in African economies over the preceding year, and offers projections for the upcoming year.
"In addition to strengthening emergency responses, Africa needs to have a
long-term focus on agricultural development and transformation in the context of
economic diversification,"