Africa needs Climate Action for Effective Free Trade

According to the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the removal of trade barriers worldwide will help tackle the climate crisis. She said developing countries need assistance from developed countries in the form of climate finance to cope with the effects of extreme weather.

Okonjo-Iweala’s stance shows that removing trade barriers would help tame climate change. However, tackling the adverse effects of climate change and ensuring Africa has food security should come first instead of trade policies. Food security would position Africa for the effective implementation of free trade. Many African nations have witnessed extreme weather effects such as drought and flooding, which affect food security. Climate disasters cause reduced crop yield and also raise the cost of trading….

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