Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

How Far Has Africa Come in Reducing its Anti-agricultural Policy Bias?

Contents:

Author Info

  • Kym Anderson

    ()
    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

  • William A. Masters

    (Purdue University)

  • Marianne Kurzweil

    (African Development Bank)

  • Ernesto Valenzuela

    ()
    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

Abstract

For decades, earnings from farming in many African countries have been depressed by own-country policies such as export restrictions on cash crop products, as well as by governments of richer countries favoring their farmers with import barriers and subsidies. Both sets of policies have reduced national and global economic welfare, inhibited agricultural trade and economic growth, and may well have added to income inequality and poverty in Africa. During the past two decades, however, numerous African country governments have reduced their sectoral and trade policy distortions, while some high-income countries also have begun reducing market-distorting aspects of their farm policies. This paper provides new estimates of the changing extent of policy distortions to prices faced by African farmers over the past half century. It compares that pattern with similar estimates from Asia and Latin America, before discussing prospects for further pro-poor policy reform of agricultural price and trade policies.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.economics.adelaide.edu.au/research/papers/doc/wp2009-07.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2009-07.

as in new window
Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2009
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2009-07

Contact details of provider:
Postal: Adelaide SA 5005
Phone: (618) 8303 5540
Web page: http://www.economics.adelaide.edu.au/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: distorted incentives; export taxes in Africa; agricultural and trade policy reforms;

Find related papers by JEL classification:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2009-07. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dmitriy Kvasov).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.