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  • 24-August-2009

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    The trade and trade policy implications of different policy responses to societal concerns

    Societal concerns relating to agriculture play an important role in the development of national policies, with implications for trade and international relations. This study looks at how these concerns are addressed both at national level and in the context of WTO provisions.

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  • 1-July-2009

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    Development Dimensions of High Food Prices

    Many developing countries took measures in the face of high international agricultural commodity prices from 2006 to 2008, while an international response focused on emergency relief and renewed investment in agricultural development. This paper examines these two approaches.

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  • 15-May-2009

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    Trade impacts of selected regional trade agreements in agriculture

    This paper provides an in-depth examination of the trade effects of three regional trade agreements (RTAs) in the agricultural sector: the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR).

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  • 1-April-2009

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    Extensive Margins in Agriculture

    This paper examines whether the growth in agricultural trade of 69 countries between 1996 and 2006 has taken place at the intensive or the extensive margin.

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  • 1-March-2009

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    Role, Usage and Motivation for Contracting in Agriculture

    Agri-food sectors have seen an increasing use of contracts, which raises concerns such as market transparency and the role of government. This paper looks at the incentives behind this increase in contract use and identifies emerging policy issues.

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  • 5-February-2009

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    Modelling Agricultural Trade and Policy Impacts in Less Developed Countries

    The role of agricultural policies in addressing the development needs of poorer countries is high on the political agenda, for both structural reasons and as a result of recent market developments.

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  • 1-February-2009

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    Interaction of Public and Private Standards in the Food Chain

    This report looks at the interface between public and private food standards in modern food chains, the role these standards play in contemporary food systems and how they interact in establishing incentives for food suppliers to provide high quality products to markets.

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  • 1-January-2009

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    Policy Initiatives Concerning Diet, Health and Nutrition

    This paper looks at initiatives and collaborative efforts by food and agriculture ministries in promoting healthy diets and improved nutrition, to permit an exchange of policy experiences.

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  • 1-January-2009

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    New Avenues of Value Creation in the Agro-Food Sector

    New value creation strategies are being prepared by stakeholders in the agro-food sector, in an uncertain and competitive context of globalisation and the evolving expectations of consumers and society. This paper suggests some avenues to explore as new sources of value creation in the sector.

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  • 22-August-2008


    Biofuel Support Policies: An Economic Assessment

    High levels of policy support for biofuel contributes little to reduced greenhouse-gas emissions and other policy objectives, while it adds to a range of factors that raise international prices for food commodities.

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