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Intra-regional trade

There are over 300 regional trade agreements (RTAs), defined broadly to include free trade areas, customs unions and preferential trade agreements. While agriculture is an integral part of these agreements, the treatment of agriculture in the RTAs has been a divisive policy issue. The primary challenge is seen as one of successfully integrating substantially all agricultural products into the RTAs. With a particular focus on staple food commodities in Africa, FAO supports Members with analysis and technical assistance in their efforts towards increased and mutually beneficial intra-regional trade.

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