Drivers of Food and Human Insecurity of Female Informal Traders in Fragile Regions




The objective of this session is to answer the questions:


  • What are the legal and institutional frameworks for resolving food and human insecurity problems of female owned informal traders (SMEs) in fragile regions during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What role can local, state, regional and global actors play in turning their challenges into opportunities?  At the local and state level, how can we strengthen the productivity, legal (e.g. street law) capacity and economic viability of female owned SMEs during COVID-19?   At the regional level, Kampala Convention is the only legally binding instrument governing internally displaced persons and regions. Can we translate the provisions of the Kampala convention into concrete improvements and solutions for those survivalist female traders in IDPs camps? Can we find solutions in some trade instruments, including the Africa Continental after Trade Area or the World Trade Organization rules? What are positive case studies and lessons from the Africa region and beyond?



  • Esther Dassanou, Head, the AFAWA Programme, African Development Bank
  • Dorte Verner, Lead Agriculture Economist, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, World Bank
  • Frank Samolis, Partner and CoChair, Trade and Business Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, LLP


  • Valentina Okaru-Bisant, CEO, Afrocosmo Development Impact, LLC


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