Fostering intra-regionale trade in Africa I: Supporting women and informal networks

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Intra-regional trade can significantly contribute to food security and inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Africa. However, numerous barriers to cross-border trade exist which not only slow down the development of the agricultural sector but also negatively affect consumer prices and profits in value chains. In order to realise the potentials to improve food security, existing networks of informal trade need to be recognised and improved. Moreover, more attention should be paid to the constraints women traders face, our authors maintain.