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During a period of escalating food prices and higher food import costs, the Agribusiness and Trade Promotion (ATP) project helped to reduce poverty and contribute to increased food security across West Africa. From 2008 to 2013, ATP addressed challenges to West African regional trade in staple commodities: maize, livestock, onion/shallots, rice, millet/sorghum, and poultry. ATP – led by Abt Associates and funded by USAID under Feed the Future –increased intra-regional trade along key transport corridors in the following eight West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo.
In five years, ATP:
As project activities wrapped up, Abt partnered with USAID and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to organize a three-day conference in January 2013 in Accra, Ghana. The Food Across Borders conference convened more than 200 government ministers, private firms, industry representatives, and donor organizations, who made the case that regional trade is a significant yet underappreciated contributor to food security in West Africa. Participants examined five central barriers to agricultural trade in West Africa: road harassment, export restrictions, rules of origin, clarity of sanitary/phyto-sanitary veterinary regulations, and taxation. These, along with suggested solutions, were incorporated into the Accra Agenda, which became the foundational document for the five-year, $5.6 million Feed the Future Food Across Borders Program (ProFAB), launched in May 2015 throughout 15 West African countries.
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