FoodTrade ESA has facilitated two public-private dialogues, one where parliamentarians from the region were invited to discuss the effects of trade bans for staple foods. The meetings were held in collaboration with COMESA and the Zambian Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute. The Zambian government lifted the export ban on Maize a few months after the meeting, while other governments in the region have desisted from implementing such measures in the recent past. FoodTrade shall continue its engagement in this sector to ensure free trade in staple foods in the region.