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Exploring regional dynamics in Sub-Saharan African agriculture

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  • Diao, Xinshen
  • Yanoma, Yukitsugu

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"Identifying growth poles in the SSA region, strengthening linkages and generating mutual benefits across African countries is an important part of the strategy to promote agriculture-led growth at the Africa-wide scale. Using agricultural trade data, this study focuses on identifying major countries that play important roles in regional agricultural trade and commodities in which African countries have a comparative advantage and where there is potential for more trade within the region....Poor infrastructure and institutional barriers are among the major reasons constraining African countries to exploit their comparative advantage and strengthen their economic linkages. The model simulations show that opening the EU market is strongly in the common interest of African countries. Reducing African countries own trade barriers, both in agriculture and non-agriculture, can significantly increase intra-regional agricultural trade. However, the benefit of the globalization and agricultural trade liberalization to the African countries would be limited by poor market access conditions such as transportation and other infrastructure. Because of these, many African agricultural commodities can hardly reach domestic and regional markets, or be exported to the world. Without improving the efficiency of these nonagricultural sectors that provide critical inputs or services to agricultural production and trade, it is virtually impossible for the countries of SSA to increase their competitiveness in international markets." from Authors' Abstract

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  • Diao, Xinshen & Yanoma, Yukitsugu, 2003. "Exploring regional dynamics in Sub-Saharan African agriculture," DSGD discussion papers 2, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    1. Nin Pratt, Alejandro & Diao, Xinshen, 2006. "High value products or staple crops? A discussion on development strategies for Southern Africa," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21094, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Liangzhi You & Michael Johnson, 2010. "Exploring strategic priorities for regional agricultural R&D investments in East and Central Africa," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 41(2), pages 177-190, March.
    3. Abdulai, Awudu & Diao, Xinshen & Johnson, Michael, 2005. "Achieving regional growth dynamics in African agriculture," DSGD discussion papers 17, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    4. Resnick, Danielle, 2004. "Smallholder African agriculture," DSGD discussion papers 9, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    5. Calderon, Cesar & Serven, Luis, 2008. "Infrastructure and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4712, The World Bank.
    6. Johnson, Michael & Resnick, Danielle, 2004. "Strategic analysis and knowledge support systems for rural development strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa," DSGD discussion papers 14, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    7. Nin Pratt, Alejandro & Diao, Xinshen, 2008. "Exploring Growth Linkages and Market Opportunities for Agriculture in Southern Africa," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 23, pages 104-137.
    8. Jane, Harrigan, 2011. "Food Security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Analysis," CEI Working Paper Series 2011-5, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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