Cultivating Trade: The AfCFTA and Agriculture

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is the embodiment of the African Union’s desire to accelerate development and socio-economic integration in Africa, and in so doing promote the peace, security, and stability of the continent. Seeking to replicate the “trade not aid” successes in Asia and South America, and to cultivate value-adding chains of trade as part of a wider programme of supply-side investments, environmental and bureaucratic reform, the AfCFTA carries the hopes of stakeholders from across the world.

Sponsored by Syngenta, we are proud to present a focused study of the implications of the agreement for Agriculture and Development, including an analysis of how provisions on tariffs, non-tariff barriers (including SPS protections), customs and trade facilitation will impact Agricultural trade in Africa, and may help African nations with a multitude of challenges, including climatic threats, input shortages, disease, pests, underinvestment and a lack of infrastructure.

This paper was written by Prof. Katrin Kuhlman, Prof. Gerhard Erasmus and Lulama Traub.

Disclaimer: Whilst this report is sponsored by Syngenta, the views and positions set out are solely those of its authors who maintain full editorial control and independence

Cultivating Trade: The AfCFTA and Agriculture