DISCUSSION BRIEFS 6/2022 – Synthesis of model-based studies: A discussion on computational models applied in agricultural trade-related work

DISCUSSION BRIEFS 6/2022 – Synthesis of model-based studies: A discussion on computational models applied in agricultural trade-related work

The discussion brief (available here) presents computational models used in previously published agricultural trade-related academic journal articles. The study analyses the results of models that were used to assess the relation between trade and sustainability (environmental, social, and economic dimensions). A detailed description of the models and information about their characteristics, goal, type, regional coverage, time frame, and applications can be found in MATS project DEL2.2.

World Circular Economy Forum 2022 with focus on Africa

World Circular Economy Forum 2022 with focus on Africa

This year’s World Circular Economy Forum will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda and online on 6–8 December, putting the whole African continent into spotlight. African Studios will bring the Forum to five big cities across the continent and Global Studios will gather local audiences to watch the live stream together. Days 1 and 2 offer seven sessions packed with information and inspiring solutions, and day 3 is reserved for partner-led Accelerator Sessions. For more information and to register, please follow this link

Event – Capacity development for agricultural innovation systems (AIS) mainstreaming and investments through the Tropical Agriculture Platform – 13th of October

Event – Capacity development for agricultural innovation systems (AIS) mainstreaming and investments through the Tropical Agriculture Platform – 13th of October

This event aims to share the country and regional experiences in Africa, Latin America and Asia on CD for AIS, as well as insights on evidence-based policy dialogue and investments on agricultural innovation, based on regional and country level assessments. To participate in this event, please register using the following link

Tralac Annual Conference 2022, 13-14 October 2022: Africa’s trade and governance agenda in a changing world

Tralac Annual Conference 2022, 13-14 October 2022: Africa’s trade and governance agenda in a changing world

The 2022 tralac Annual Conference takes place against the backdrop of global crises of which the medium and long-term consequences are not yet clear. At this conference, we will discuss some of the features of the crises now to be faced, but the real challenge is to understand their interconnectedness and broader implications.

At this Annual Conference, we discussed developments involving continent-wide trade under AfCFTA preferences, alongside the Regional Economic Community (REC) Free Trade Areas (FTAs). We recognise that Africa’s economic development and integration is, in the first instance, its own responsibility. That is one reason why tralac’s mantra is good governance. We are of the view that the AfCFTA design has introduced new elements into the debate about regional integration in Africa, through the inclusion of the REC FTA acquis as a founding principle of continental integration.
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Food system in Tanzania – a focus on distribution

Food system in Tanzania – a focus on distribution

A recent WFP report investigated food distribution in Tanzania through System Dynamics modelling. The main findings of the study suggest integrated approach to food systems leads to the greatest gains, in terms of profitability for farmers, nutritional outcomes and efficiency in the use of production input. Find out more here

Opening of the Black Sea Grain Corridor

Opening of the Black Sea Grain Corridor

This report shows the immediate success of the “Grain Corridor Agreement”, with 130+ grain ships sailing out of a beleaguered Ukraine through the Black Sea. However, numerous problems remain. This implies policy challenges if another blockage is to be avoided, threatening a full supply (particularly) of African and Middle Eastern food markets, where they are needed in times of multiple crises and existential threats to food security.
You can see the full report here

Policy Seminar – Leveraging Data to Improve Intra-Africa Food Trade, Sep 27, 2022 – 9:30 to 11:15am EDT

Policy Seminar – Leveraging Data to Improve Intra-Africa Food Trade, Sep 27, 2022 – 9:30 to 11:15am EDTe

Africa’s agricultural trade capacity and policy are increasingly important as global volatility in agriculture and fertilizer markets is increasing risks for many importing and exporting countries. The 2022 edition of the Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor 2022 (AATM), a flagship of IFPRI and AKADEMIYA2063, analyzes short- and long-term trends and drivers of African agricultural trade flows, including regional policies and the role of global markets. Chapters in this year’s report examine the impact of the Russia-Ukraine War, the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to contribute to growth, the development of value chains for processed products and for coffee, tea, and cocoa, as well as the role of intraregional trade in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and makes recommendations for promoting the development of African trade.

Speakers and discussants will review the report’s key findings and implications for next steps.

Watch on IFPRI’s Website

Oxfam publishes its global Position Paper on Fair Trade

Oxfam publishes its global Position Paper on Fair Trade

Oxfam has been part of the global Fair Trade movement since its inception. Today, it still inspires many of our volunteers to champion just and sustainable trade. Together, we reach out to small-scale producers, workers, and grassroots social entrepreneurs. We partner with activists, communities, democratically governed producer organizations, mission-driven enterprises, and social movements to establish ethical trade approaches and advocate for a more just trade system.

We believe the current trade system is far from just or sustainable. It was captured by imperialistic and colonialist forces in the past and remains, even today, under the control of the powerful and the rich to a large extent. Trade justice offers an alternative approach: one that requires shared responsibility according to everyone’s capabilities and considers (historical) privileges, as well as systemic change in the economic, gender, climate and political realms. As long as it excludes people and future generations from its welfare-creating properties, trade cannot be considered just or sustainable.

Please find the full position paper here:

Report: Subsidies, Trade, and International Cooperation (free download)

Report: Subsidies, Trade, and International Cooperation (free download)


Dealing constructively with subsidies in global commerce is central to G20 leaders’ goal of reforming and strengthening the multilateral trading system. The growing use of distortive subsidies alters trade and investment flows, and detracts from the value of tariff bindings and other market access commitments. The four authoring institutions – IMF, OECD, World Bank Group and WTO – are examining ways to share data and coordinate analytical work agendas for assessing the cross-border effects of different forms of subsidies.

Enhancing sustainability in EU Free Trade Agreements: The case for a holistic approach

Enhancing sustainability in EU Free Trade Agreements: The case for a holistic approach


This new report produced by Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) takes stock of the current status of the EU trade policy and proposes a set of recommendations for EU bilateral trade to make a positive contribution to sustainability globally. The authors of the report aim to contribute to the debate on the review of the European Commission’s 15-points action plan to implement FTA TSD Chapters. Download: here