Promoting agricultural trade to enhance resilience in Africa

The 2013 Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR) contributes to the emerging debate by analyzing Africa’s recent trade performance and future outlook at the global and regional levels, including discussions of the mechanisms of dealing with food price volatility, the scope for increasing trans-border trade, and the potential impacts of weather-related shocks and biophysical factors on intra-regional exports.

IFPRI/ReSAKSS Highlights from the 10th CAADP Partnership Platform

The 10th CAADP Partnership Platform Meeting took place in Durban, South Africa from 18th to 22nd March, 2014. The meeting was one of the major events lined up in 2014 as part of facilitating consultations and dialogue amongst agricultural stakeholders on the continent and beyond. The key participants included African Union Commission, NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), CAADP country focal points, RECs, donor groups, Ministries of Agriculture and related sectors, CAADP implementation institutions, regional research organizations, private sector and CGIAR centers. The year 2014 has been declared by African Union as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security and this calls on member states to strengthen their policy environment for increased investments in agriculture, while implementing mechanisms to track and monitor progress of countries’ performance under the CAADP agenda.

Samuel Gameda talks about one of the ATA’s flagship projects: EthioSIS

Meet Sam Gameda, IFPRI Senior Research Fellow who also serves as the Director of Soil Health and Fertility at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). Dr. Gameda launched one of the ATA’s flagship projects: the Ethiopian Soil Information System (EthioSIS), which is aimed at creating a National Soils Database (NSD) and a digital soil map of Ethiopia. Soil specialists are harnessing technologies such as remote sensing, satellite imagery, and spectroscopic readings with a rich collection of soil samples—over 100,000 once sampling has concluded— to create this one-of-a-kind map in Ethiopia.