Agricultural Trade and Market Access for Food Security: Micro- and Macrolevel Insights for Africa

Applicant from the Netherlands: Marie-Luise Rau (Stichting Wageningen Research (Wageningen Economic Research, formerly DLO)


Agri-food markets in Africa are not well integrated at the local, regional an international level, with trade barriers hampering exports/imports as well as the value chain development. Trade via better market access has the potential to create income and welfare, while improving the food security situation, i.e. providing people in Africa with sufficient food of an acceptable quality level at fair prices. The projects aims at providing insights into opportunities and challenges for expanding local, regional and international trade and market access, while considering supply chains from the African importer/exporter perspective. Specifically, we address trade and market access issues in three African countries (Senegal, Ghana and South Africa) and two African trade regions (Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and Southern Africa Development Community, SADC) and EU-Africa trade relations. The focus is on three product categories that are important for current and potential African trade: fresh fruits and vegetables, grain products as well as meat. For the countries/regions and products, we investigate how trade and market access is influenced by trade agreements, non-tariff measures, e.g.
sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barrier to trade and customs procedures and private standards, price trends and volatility, market logistics/infrastructure and institutions. For the analysis, we apply quantitative and qualitative methods to look into the effects on local, regional and international trade, at both the macro- and micro-level. This includes obtaining first-hand information on the trade and market access issues that really matter and discussing with key stakeholders how to solve and overcome them. In the project, African and European researchers work in close collaboration so as to facilitate exchange and generate common contributions that help improve trade relations and market access in the interest of both Africa and Europe.


Project number

W 09.03.109

Team members

Prof. dr. J. Kirsten, Dr. H. Pamuk, Dr. M.-L. Rau, Dr. F. van Rijn, Y.R. Waarts

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