Webcast Recap

Experts on African trade policy gathered at a February 14 Africa Program event, co-sponsored by the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council, to discuss how agricultural trade can foster economic development and alleviate poverty. The Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Erastus Mwencha touted the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Aid for Trade program and the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Project (CAADP) in improving infrastructural capacity thereby stimulating a more competitive agricultural sector within COMESA member-states. Following the event, Mwencha and other panelists attended a Congressional Staff Forum on Africa where Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ), chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, raised concerns about the effects of U.S. agricultural policy and suggested a need for trade reform.

Please see the PDF publication below for work related to this event.