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Africa’s food trade


Africa’s food trade

Population growth, rapid urbanization and changes in dietary patterns are creating fast-growing demand for agricultural products (food) in global markets and especially in developing countries

Africa has vast agricultural potential, but over the past three decades food imports have risen significantly. Can Africa afford its food bill and ensure food security?

For 2012-2016, 84% of Africa’s total agricultural imports originated from outside the continent. South Africa dominates as the main African supplier to the rest of Africa. Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Mauritius are among those African countries that have increased their food imports over this period.

Africa’s food trade
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