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Does Brexit undermine the case for African regional integration?

Most analyses of what Brexit means for Africa rightly examine the practical consequences: the impact on trade, the deals that must be renegotiated, the uncertain access to markets. These are all important, but the UK’s decision raises an even more fundamental question. If the European project is failing, should Africa reconsider its commitment to regional integration?

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Doing regional integration differently in Africa

The decades following independence brought countless policies and political statements in support of regional integration in Africa to address these regional and continental challenges. On the surface it appears to be a key issue for many. But the reality is very different, with a distinct lack of implementation across Africa. Read the analysis written by Jan Vanheukelom and Brucy Byiers from ECDPM.

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Lessons in Economic Integration for African Union

Johannesburg – As the African Union celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it is still younger and less integrated than the 56-year-old body that is now the European Union, and, according to politicians and diplomats, has a big advantage over the Europeans as it charts its own path of integration.

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Africa: the open road to food sustainability

Africa’s demand for basic foodstuffs is rapidly increasing, but while its farmers fail to meet that demand, hunger will become more acute. The situation is bleak. The demand for food staples is predicted to double by 2020 as urban populations grow by 4% each year.

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Regional Trade Key to African Food Security, World Bank Says

Washington – The World Bank is urging African countries to strengthen regional food trade, suggesting that food security could be greatly enhanced simply by allowing farmers to trade more easily across the continent.

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