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Online produce-trading platform to connect farmers and buyers

Online produce-trading platform to connect farmers and buyers

19 Jan 17  News
Many small farmers usually sell their produce at give away prices due to lack of market information. The middlemen often take advantage of this to buy produce at low prices even w...
Food commodity prices fall for fifth year in a row in 2016

Food commodity prices fall for fifth year in a row in 2016

12 Jan 17  News
Food Price Index remained stable in December amid sharp fall in sugar prices Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

10 Jan 17  News
Looking ahead: The 2018 Economic Report on Africa – scope of contents (UNECA) The 2018 ERA will be structured in two parts. Part I will discuss both recent developments in the w...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

09 Jan 17  News
Featured tweet, ‏@AUTradeIndustry: CFTA Planning retreat from 2-7 January 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya African integration: facing up to emerging challenges (ICTSD) This paper exami...
Agriculture and commodities

Agriculture and commodities

04 Jan 17  Themes
tralac’s work in this area examines Africa’s trade in agriculture and commodities and the emerging challenges and opportunities for sustainability resulting from changes in glo...
‘Significant discrepancies remain in commodity trading data’ – UNCTAD

‘Significant discrepancies remain in commodity trading data’ – UNCTAD

24 Dec 16  News
On 14 July 2016, recently published a report on primary commodity trade misinvoicing, saying that some countries could lose as much as 67% of commodity exports to misinvoicing. The...
A review of the UNCTAD report on trade misinvoicing, with a focus on South Africa’s gold export

A review of the UNCTAD report on trade misinvoicing, with a focus on South Africa’s gold export

14 Dec 16  News
In July 2016, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a report titled “Trade Mis-invoicing in Primary Commodities in Developing Countries: The c...
Market access for products and services of export interest to least developed countries: Summary of recent developments

Market access for products and services of export interest to least developed countries: Summary of recent developments

26 Sep 16  News
Executive summary LDC exports of goods and services grew by an annual average of 7.6% over the 2005-2015 period and, thus, slightly more than the exports of other developing econo...
The Commodity Down Cycle: Some Policy Options for Africa

The Commodity Down Cycle: Some Policy Options for Africa

07 Sep 16  Publications
This working paper is an extension of a prior tralac working paper, The Commodity Price Downturn and Trade: Finding Solutions for Africa, which examines the extent of the fall...
‘Time for a policy reset’: Taking a closer look at recent African economic trends

‘Time for a policy reset’: Taking a closer look at recent African economic trends

25 Aug 16  News
Commentary around recent developments in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa has centered on a trifecta of threats: low commodity prices, China’s slowdown, and the rising cost of...
The Commodity Price Downturn and Trade: Finding Solutions for Africa

The Commodity Price Downturn and Trade: Finding Solutions for Africa

11 Aug 16  Publications
The continent of Africa is the world’s resource vault. More than any other continent or region, Africa is endowed richly with natural resources both in terms of diversity and als...
14th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: Resource box

14th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: Resource box

26 Jul 16  News
The fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 22 July 2016. The theme of the event was Fr...
Some countries losing up to 67% of commodity exports to misinvoicing

Some countries losing up to 67% of commodity exports to misinvoicing

18 Jul 16  News
Some commodity dependent developing countries are losing as much as 67% of their exports worth billions of dollars to trade misinvoicing, according to a fresh study by UNCTAD, whic...
Africa’s rise – interrupted?

Africa’s rise – interrupted?

27 May 16  News
The region’s future depends on much more than fluctuations in commodity prices Is Africa’s surge of progress over? During the past two decades, many countries across the conti...
Chinese imports from Africa: the impact of the recent commodity price declines

Chinese imports from Africa: the impact of the recent commodity price declines

05 May 16  Publications
The objective for this paper is to examine Chinese imports from Africa during 2015 and assess the extent to which falling global commodity prices have contributed to changes over m...
Africa’s Pulse: Global economic weakness continues to be a drag on Africa’s economic growth

Africa’s Pulse: Global economic weakness continues to be a drag on Africa’s economic growth

12 Apr 16  News
Low commodity prices continue to impede growth Amid falling commodity prices and continuing weakness in global growth, Sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth d...
Robust outlook for global cereal supplies in 2016

Robust outlook for global cereal supplies in 2016

11 Apr 16  News
FAO Food Price Index up slightly in March as sugar prices jump World cereal production in 2016 is set to amount to 2 521 million tonnes, just 0.2 percent off last year’s large o...
The West and Central African trade profile, with a special review of the relationship with China and regional agricultural trade

The West and Central African trade profile, with a special review of the relationship with China and regional agricultural trade

27 Nov 15  Publications
The objective of this paper* is to examine the West and Central African (WCA) trade profile, with some reference to the trading relationship with China and the agricultural trade p...
Drop in global commodity prices, electricity bottlenecks, and security risks slow Africa’s economic growth

Drop in global commodity prices, electricity bottlenecks, and security risks slow Africa’s economic growth

06 Oct 15  News
As difficult global conditions combined with domestic challenges buffet many African countries, Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth will continue to slow in 2015 to 3.7 percent ...
Capacity building at tralac – Geek Week, 5-8 October 2015

Capacity building at tralac – Geek Week, 5-8 October 2015

10 Sep 15  Event
As part of tralac’s capacity building initiative, tralac hosted a week-long workshop from 5-8 October 2015, known as a Geek Week, for researchers and trade policy ...

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