Interest in agriculture and food security issues in North Africa increased after the food price rise and continued price volatility since late 2006. North African countries are highly dependent on world markets for their food security. This did not seem to be a problem as long as world food prices were low and stable during the 1980s and 1990s. However, when they started rising and becoming more volatile after 2006, alarm bells rang all across the region.
The AfDB publication argues that the problem of food security and rural poverty in North Africa are interlinked. It proposes a strategy to enhance food security while also reducing rural poverty and rural-urban inequality by increasing farmers’ share of value added.
Download the working paper via AfDB web site | pdf . 1.4 MB.
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