AfCFTA: What Plagues a Self-sustaining Made in Africa Agricultural Value Chain?

Kenya’s President William Ruto, on November 9, 2022, announced a deal with South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, where Kenyans would be allowed visa-free entry into South Africa for visits of up to 90 days a year starting January 2023. The previous month of October similarly saw the realization of major moves towards the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement when President Ruto flagged off Kenyan tea destined for Ghana.

Before this, another Kenya-Ghana consignment was released in the form of batteries worth $77,000. Rwanda also exported coffee to Ghana for the first time as part of the AfCFTA-guided trade initiative. These moves set the continent for a promising free trade trajectory ahead of 2023. However, an efficient ‘Made in Africa’ value chain in the agricultural sector would demand stakeholders adopt more modern tech systems and empower the farmer. Africa’s agricultural sector still grapples with obsolete business models due to a lack of farmers’ empowerment…..

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