AGOA The United States seeks two-way trade with Africa

African and United States (US) representatives met in August 2013 to discuss how to improve and renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) so that it is more compatible with the changing economic landscape in Africa. The AGOA is set to expire in September 2015. . . . → Read More: AGOA The United . . . → Read More: AGOA The United States seeks two-way trade with Africa

EU preferential trade agreements

Following the release of the ‘Global Europe’ strategy1 and the end of the European moratorium on bilateral trade negotiations with commercially meaningful partner countries in 2006, policy-makers in Brussels have significantly expanded and diversified the EU external trade negotiation portfolio. Since then, the European Commission has initiated a wide range of negotiations with important . . . → Read More: EU preferential trade agreements

Early experiences in programming EU aid 2014-2020

Programming of billions of euro’s worth of EU development aid for the period 2014-2020 is currently underway for the two principal geographic funding instruments (the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and the 11th European Development Fund (EDF)). Programming is the essential process through which the EU’s recent impact-oriented development policy – the EU Agenda for . . . → Read More: Early experiences in programming EU aid 2014-2020

High African growth rates distort the real development image

How many times have you heard that many of the fastest-growing economies in the world at the moment are in Africa? Almost every African conference these days is trotted out as a way of highlighting the fact that Africa is the go-to place for investment. . . . → Read More:  High African growth . . . → Read More: High African growth rates distort the real development image

The future of EU governance support in Africa

EU-Africa relations are shifting and creating new dilemmas for Europe’s engagement on governance. As African countries grow and strengthen their political and economic relationships with emerging powers, the EU’s ability to promote governance reform in Africa – particularly through political conditionalities – will inevitably decline. . . . → Read More: The future of . . . → Read More: The future of EU governance support in Africa

IFPRI Global food policy report

The world food system continued to be in a vulnerable position in 2012. As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, progress toward halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger is not on track. Granted, a number of countries made important and promising changes in food-related policies, and the global community . . . → Read More: IFPRI Global food policy report

Africa agriculture status report

Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa still provides a relatively large share of the gross domestic product (GDP), but productivity in the sector lags considerably behind that of other continents, as well as the region’s potential. On average, about 65% of Africa’s labor force is employed in agriculture, yet the sector accounts for about 32% of . . . → Read More: Africa agriculture status report