African Freight Model


The African Freight Model (AFM) is being developed to provide intelligence on freight flows in Africa. In doing so, the AFM aims to support informed macrologistics decision-making and planning related to areas such as infrastructure development, resilience, food security and green minerals.

The initial stages of modelling all African trade and geographical disaggregation for agriculture has been completed, which enables both a supply, demand and total freight flow view of Africa’s agricultural commodities (see Figure 1).

 

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Figure 1. Africa's agriculture freight flows
Source: Africa Freight Model data for 2021

 

Additionally, the AFM enables a disaggregated view of Africa’s agriculture as trade (export and import) and domestic freight flows of agricultural commodities (see Figure 2).

 

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Figure 2. Africa's agriculture disaggregated by trade and domestic freight flows

Source: Africa Freight Model data for 2021

 

The completed processing of Africa’s mining and manufacturing trade, along with geographical disaggregation, allows the AFM to provide a view of Africa’s agriculture, mining and manufacturing trade freight flows (see Figure 3). Note that the sea links have been removed from the maps, which are each shown on their own scale.

 

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Figure 3. Africa's agriculture, mining and manufacturing trade freight flows
Source: Africa Freight Model data for 2021