COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted the global socioeconomic and health environment and has forced many countries to change paradigm, particularly in the area of food security and public health, both in the developed and developing countries. In this context, the trend that is emerging for the future is towards more food autonomy, self-sufficiency or even food sovereignty as well as the necessity to promote and encourage greater food self-sufficiency at the regional level.
In this perspective, Africa must enhance the lessons learned from this global pandemic by encouraging African countries to focus more on food crops as part of a substantial strengthening of family farming while seeking complementarities and synergies at the same time at a regional level. Likewise, African countries should be encouraged to transform their agricultural products in situ to capture more added value and benefit from the creation of skilled jobs. All of these avenues mentioned above will of course be part of an overall strategy for transforming African agriculture.
In essence, African agriculture should become more resilient to climate and economic health shocks while aiming for a dual integration: agro-industrial, in particular through agricultural processing zones-ZTAs, and regional through the search for complementarity and synergy in the field of food production. In this perspective, Africa must develop its intra-African trade as quickly as possible following the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAF) in order to better counter the shocks to come.
President of GRFI Filaha Innove (Algeria). GRFI objectives in view of the AfCFTA opportunities and for the strengthening of trade with African countries
Agro Economist, FAO, UNIDO and AfDB Consultant, Member of the Filaha Innove Reflection Group
Director, Agriculture & Agro Industry Department, at the African Development Bank
Economist – Africa, Europe & Middle-East, OECD Development Centre
• Dr. Amine Bensemmane, President of GRFI Filaha Innove (Algeria). GRFI objectives in view of the AfCFTA opportunities and for the strengthening of trade with African countries
• Idir Bais, Agro Economist, FAO, UNIDO and AfDB Consultant, Member of the Filaha Innove Reflection Group
• Role and Opportunity of agriculture and agribusiness within the ZLECAF
• Value chains and transformation of agricultural products and agro-industry in Africa
- Jacques Berthelot, agricultural economist
• Modernization and digitalization of processes and systems serving African agriculture
- Francesco Napolitano, Economist – Africa, Europe & Middle-East, OECD Development Centre