Intra-Regional Trade In West Africa Can Improve Food Security
IRIN: Trading away West Africa’s hunger
“Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger. Poor roads and railways, high transaction costs, lack of sufficient market information, incoherent trade policies by governments, and bureaucratic hurdles are among limitations to free trade in West Africa…” (Bakano, 3/20).