A Food Security journal article finds that poor trade facilitation constitutes a key driver of food insecurity in Africa: food availability and food access are significantly hampered by higher documentation requirements and lengthier export and import times. The article concludes that reducing these delays is the most effective trade facilitation reform to enhance food security in Africa.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- The Government of Rwanda and the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Partners Group will host the 10th annual summit of the AGRF virtually from September 8-11. Thousands of delegates from governments, civil society, private sector, research community and development partners will discuss how to leverage urban food markets to achieve sustainable food systems in Africa.
- In an IFPRI blog post, researchers discuss results from a recent journal article that finds that children at high altitudes have higher rates of stunting than their peers at sea level. The altitude-related growth deficit emerges at birth, suggesting that the effects originate in the prenatal period due to inadequate supply of oxygen.
- On August 26 IFPRI hosted an event to unpack the impacts of COVID-19 on economies, food systems, and poverty in African and Asian countries. See IFPRI’s COVID-19 webpage for more evidence, blogs, tools, and events.