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The Effect of Trade Liberalization on Food Security: the Experience of Selected African Countries


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  • Mesfin Bezuneh

    (Clark Atlanta University)

  • Zelealem Yeheyis

    (Clark Atlanta University)

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    As part of structural adjustment, trade liberalization has been promoted by the World Bank and IMF based on the argument that openness to trade will contribute to economic growth and development. As a result, most developing countries took the challenge to liberalize their economies. Trade liberalization was expected to reduce poverty and improve food security. To our knowledge, there is little or no consensus about the empirical relationship between trade liberalization events and food security. The purpose of this paper is to assess the effect of trade liberalization on food availability in selected African countries. The paper found no evidence that liberalization improved food availability in the study countries.

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    Article provided by African Finance and Economic Association in its journal Journal of African Development.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 13-26

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    Handle: RePEc:afe:journl:v:14:y:2011:i:1:p:13-26

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    Keywords: trade liberalization; food security; Africa; structural adjustment; World Trade Organization;

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