Rural-urban connections in sub-Saharan Africa, Copenhagen, 25-28 January 2016
The University of Copenhagen hosted a conference on "Rural-urban connections in sub-Saharan Africa" from 25-28 January. Participants explored the impacts of mobility and urbanisation on poverty and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Keynote speakers included academics from research institutions in Europe and in Africa, and themes included livelihoods, food security, inequality and territorial development. Thomas Allen from the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat at the OECD (SWAC/OECD) was invited to present on key changes in the West African agro-food value chains. Using data from the Africapolis study on urbanisation in West Africa, the presentation highlighted the increasing importance of markets and downstream segments of the value chains in ensuring food and nutrition security in the region. The conference presented an opportunity to share the results of SWAC work on population dynamics and food security.