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How Can Trade Policy Address Food Shocks in Africa?




November 18, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm CET



Recent climate, political, and health shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed some of Africa’s greatest trade vulnerabilities but also highlighted the continent’s greatest opportunities for using trade policy as a mechanism to build back better.  This dialogue among trade experts and World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiators will weigh trade policy options in light of the findings from the recent 2021 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (jointly published by AKADEMIYA2063 and IFPRI) and IISD’s report on trade policies for food shocks. The dialogue will also explore the trade policy concerns of WTO negotiators representing African constituencies for the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC-12). 

This is a joint event organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). 

Date and time: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 18:30–19:45 CET 

Interpretation in English and French will be provided during the event  




Antoine Bouet, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI 
Kulthoum Omari-Motsumi, Associate, IISD 
Sunday Ogwuche, Focal point for agriculture of the African Group at the WTO