Agrekon: Agricultural Economics Research, Policy and Practice in Southern Africa Special Issue Call for Papers

Agri-Food Trade and Non-Tariff Measures


The volume of non-tariff measures (NTMs) impacting on agricultural trade has increased considerably during the last decades. In particular, a large volume of NTMs has been established (and has potential trade effects) between North-South and even between countries in the Global South. Understanding how NTMs influence agri-food trade has become a issue of utmost importance in the international debate and among scholars and policymakers.

The special issue of Agrekon will be dedicated to topics related to the relationship between agri-food trade and NTMs, with particular emphasis on how NTMs influence trade between African countries. We welcome and encourage submission of proposals on the following topics:

  • On the evolution of trade of agrifood products in Africa
  • On trade frictions and their implications for trade of African countries
  • How NTMs affect trade of agricultural products between African countries
  • How Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) and Sanitary and Phitosanitary Standars (SPSs) impact the agrio-food exports from  African countries to the North

Proposals on the development and the challenges of trade for African countries are also welcome. 

Abstract should be no longer than 500 words and need to indicate the motivation of the study, the methodology and the expected results.

The selected articles will be published in a Special Issue of Agrkeon towards the end of 2018. Authors of accepted papers will receive a hardcopy of the special issue free of charge.


Authors submitting to the special issue should note the following:

  • Papers submitted will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.
  • Accepted articles will be not subject to page charge.
  • Authors will abide by the copyright agreement of Agrekon.
  • Authors will submit an original research paper that has not previously been published.

The following deadlines will be strictly adhered to:

  • Abstracts due by 30 October, 2017
  • Authors informed of selection decision by 30 November, 2017
  • First draft of papers due by 30 April, 2018
  • First round of reviews due by 30 June, 2018
  • Revised papers due by 30 September, 2018
  • Second round of reviews (if needed) due by 30 October, 2018
  • Final version of paper due by 30 December, 2018

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