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Agricultural trade for food security in Africa: A Ricardian model approach

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  • Diagne, Mandiaye
  • Abele, Steffen
  • Diagne, Aliou
  • Seck, Papa Abdoulaye

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Regionalism and food security is a relatively neglected topic with very limited literature. We use a Ricardian trade model with multiple goods and countries which embeds a structure of gravity equation and yield variability. Our study shows that integration with African markets of staple foods is associated with higher growth, underpinning the need for growth strategies to emphasize scaling up and diversifying exports within Africa. Africa needs to unlock its high potential untapped land and fill up the yield gap. We found as well that enhanced competitiveness and reduced barriers to trade are the two critical areas of action.

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  • Diagne, Mandiaye & Abele, Steffen & Diagne, Aliou & Seck, Papa Abdoulaye, 2012. "Agricultural trade for food security in Africa: A Ricardian model approach," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 123842, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Ricardian model; yield variability; agricultural trade; staple foods; Africa; Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Security and Poverty; International Relations/Trade;

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