How African Integration Can Help Achieve Food Security

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Apr 05, 2023 | ODI

According to FAO estimates, in 2022 an estimated 346 million people in Africa were affected by food crisis, and projected to 2030, an estimated 250 million people will face water stress. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra and Yohannes Ayele warn in their ODI article that African integration, as galvanised by the AfCFTA, cannot be achieved in a context of food insecurity. Food demand in Africa, measured by the growth of its population, is expected to increase by 60 percent in 2030 compared with 2015. The authors identify five ways in which Africa integration under the AfCFTA can help achieve food security:  Eliminating tariffs on food products; harmonizing food standards; facilitating intra-Africa trade; rationalising the role of services, transport, and digital trade; and developing an efficient and cost-effective Africa-wide payment system.


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