The 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group will be held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Find out more

AfDB Lunch Dialogue 1 - AfDB and the Kofi Annan Foundation: Discussion on Intra-African Food Market Integration: Challenges and Policy Options Report

Agricultural trade is an important engine for Africa’s economic growth and shared prosperity. It has the potential to create jobs, catalyze investments, foster economic growth, and help Africa feed itself and the world. African countries have many reasons to promote regional food market integration.

First, given the existence of strong complementarities among African countries—in terms of soil biodiversity, climatic conditions, and land quality—intra-African trade of agricultural products can help expand existing domestic food markets, create new ones, and enable new economic opportunities for growth.

Second, a vibrant intra-African food trade can promote competitiveness and economic diversification, attracting new investors.

Third, a buoyant intra-African food trade can help countries weather external global shocks and other headwinds. However, despite the implementation of various initiatives and efforts to support regional integration of food markets, the development of agricultural trade between African countries has been slow and the level of intra-African food trade remains one of the lowest in the world.

The objective of the session is to draw attention on policy-related barriers and other barriers to the development of regional food trade in Africa.  The  session is to draw attention to policy-related and other barriers to the development of regional food trade in Africa.

The session will commence with the presentation of preliminary findings of the report Intra-African Food Market Integration: Challenges and Policy Options, commissioned by the African Development Bank and the Kofi Annan Foundation. Then, panelists will have the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of ongoing initiatives and other continent-wide efforts to remove food trade barriers. Finally, panelists will discuss lessons learned from success stories in various food market integration and suggest clearly defined and implementable policy recommendations.

Moderator: Prof. John Anyanwu,  Lead Economist, African Development Bank (AfDB)


  • H.E Mme Geraldine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda
  • Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget,  Assistant Secretary General (or Representative), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Prof. Simon Roberts, Executive Director, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg
  • Dr. Tesfai Tecle, Senior Advisor to the Chair, The Kofi Annan Foundation
  • Mr. Stephen  Ruzibiza, Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF)
  • Mr. Mengesha Tadesse,  Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Rapporteur:  Adamon Ndungu Mukasa (AfDB)

AfDB and the Kofi Annan Foundation_ Discussion on Intra-African Food Market Integration_ Challenges and Policy Options

“Today, we are here primarily to discuss Integrate Africa, to bring down the tariff and non-tariff barriers that have marginalized and impoverished so many economies and prevented us from capitalizing on our physical and human capital resource base” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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