Climate change and trade – impact on food security in Africa

The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) are jointly organizing a session on “How taking into account climate change can help Africa to pursue better trade policies, with a focus on food security” on the margins of the 20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, which will take place at Purdue University, Indiana, USA, from 7-9 June under the theme, “Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The objective of the session is to examine the interactions between climate change, agricultural production, trade and their overarching effects on food security in Africa. In this interactive system, trade is expected to provide a pull factor in addressing shortfalls from agricultural production emerging under climate triggered shifts in changing crop habitats and achieving food security.

Despite the considerable opportunities trade creates in moving goods from surplus to deficit areas, the trade aspect in addressing food security and climate change in Africa seems to be largely missing.

Three research papers will be presented during the session, namely: “Attaining food and environment security in an area of globalization” (by Thomas Hertel, Center for Global Trade Analysis and Uris Lantz Baldos, Purdue University, USA); “Improving the resilience of African countries to food shocks” (by Michael Puma et al, Columbia University, USA); and “Climate change, agricultural production and trade in Africa” (by Yodit Balcha Hailemariam, ACPC/ECA and Jamie Macleod, ATPC/ECA).

Subsequent discussion and recommendations from the session will seek to strengthen the ongoing project activities ATPC and ACPC are conducting in East and West Africa looking at the interactions between climate change, agricultural trade and food security.

A nexus approach is being used to develop a framework that diagnoses emerging opportunities for agricultural trade in a changing climate and responds to food security in Africa.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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AU condemns Manchester bomb attack; condoles with United Kingdom

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, extends his most sincere condolences to the families of those who died in last night’s bombing in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

“I strongly condemn this senseless act of violence and loss of life, this time in Manchester,” said H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The Chairperson also extended his wishes of quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.

“Africa stands with the people and government of the United Kingdom in reaffirming our solidarity with them during this difficult time,” the AU Commission Chairperson said. “A people united against fear and terror, can never be divided,” he noted.

The Chairperson of the Commission appeals to the international community to renew its commitment to defeat terrorist groups and stresses the urgency of a coordinated response, in view of the continued threat that terrorism poses to peace and security around the world.

Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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Mobilitas-AGS inaugurates its biggest multimodal logistics platform in Africa

The Mobilitas-AGS group’s new multimodal logistics platform in Gauteng province, South Africa (www.MobilitasAfrica54.com) has officially been delivered. The facility is built on a 90,000 m2 site near the O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest on the African continent. The Gauteng logistics hub’s goal is to improve Mobilitas-AGS’ services delivered to its clients, increase its competitiveness and support the growth of its activities across Africa.

The site is as a key international platform for the operations of each Mobilitas-AGS group brand, including the Laser Transport Group, the South African leader in logistics. It comprises four warehouses devoted to archive storage and document digitisation, with 150 km of archiving capacity, fine art storage and management and a bonded warehouse.

The site is also equipped with two special areas: one storage area for wine and another for sensitive products.

The Mobilitas-AGS group has invested 260 million rand (around EUR 18 million) in the construction and outfitting of the first tranche of the logistics site. “The inauguration of the logistics complex is an important step for the continuing development of Mobilitas-AGS activities in Africa. Moreover, because of its ultra-modern design, a complex such as the one we have just inaugurated improves the competitiveness of our businesses in southern Africa”, says Alain Taïeb, Chairman of Mobilitas-AGS’ Supervisory Board.

Infrastructures are a major issue for private-sector actors in Africa. Businesses can see their competitiveness reduced by 40% by inadequate logistical infrastructures. This situation increases the costs of goods by 30% to 40% when they are traded in Africa. By optimising the logistics chain, Mobilitas-AGS is meeting the market’s needs, which is a strategic development pillar.

The Gauteng logistics complex is in line with Mobilitas-AGS global strategy aiming at building multimodal logistics infrastructures. Similar projects have been completed over the last few years in France and Germany, and others are planned in Africa. Thus, Mobilitas-AGS continues to demonstrate its ability to implement major international projects.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Mobilitas Africa.

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About the Mobilitas group:
Created in Paris in 1974 under the brand AGS, the group was originally specialised in removal services for individuals and businesses in the Paris region. Today, Mobilitas is one of the leaders in international mobility (relocation, executive support) and physical and digital archiving.
The Mobilitas group has 4,325 employees in 94 countries around the world.
Although its African strategy only began in 1993, the Mobilitas group is now established in all 54 African countries and today has 2,807 employees on the continent.

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President Zuma to host the 2017 Africa Day Celebration

President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday, 25 May 2017, host the national 2017 Africa Day celebration at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, in Pretoria.

Africa Day is celebrated annually on 25 May within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963 and the African Union in 2002 as well as chart the progress made by the continent since then to advance democracy, peace, stability and socio-economic development.

The theme for Africa Month 2017 is “The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World” South Africa will use the day to reaffirm support for the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and commit the country to playing its role within the AU to ensure the successful implementation of the vision and plan to build a better Africa.

The 2017 Africa Day will also mark the celebration of 23 years since the country’s reintegration into the OAU/AU and the international community, following the dawn of freedom and democracy in 1994

“Africa Day affords us an opportunity to celebrate our African identity. Our country was isolated for decades from the rest of the continent due to the evil system of apartheid colonialism. We are now a full member of the African continent, and since 1994, our continent is correctly the primary focus of our foreign policy,” said President Zuma.

The President said the celebration of Africa Day also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the contribution of the African continent to South Africa’s struggle for liberation.

“Through establishment of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) in 1963, the Africa continent became a pioneer in being the first continent to focus on and encourage nation building through unity and freedom from oppression. We can never forget the refuge provided by many countries in the continent to South Africans who went into exile and provided material, social, political and military support. Africa Day thus provides an opportunity to celebrate that African solidarity and to continue expressing it through the ongoing support for many in the continent who are caught up in conflict. It is a day for us to celebrate African solidarity, friendship, a common humanity and destiny,” said the President.

The celebrations take place a few weeks after the successful hosting of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting.

“The 27th session of the World Economic Forum on Africa was a tremendous and fruitful success for South Africa as we have collectively made a clear and coherent statement that South Africa and the African continent are ideal investment destinations and they are open for business, President Zuma said.

South Africa continues to contribute to peacemaking, peacekeeping and post-war reconstruction and development efforts in the continent. South Africa also plays a key role in the economic development of the continent through the growing private sector investment in many countries within the continent.

The Africa Day celebration will be attended by ambassadors and high commissioners from Africa and abroad as well as stakeholders from various sectors.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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