Working papers


10-August-2010

English

Private Financial Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure

Private financial sector investment in agriculture has increased, mainly because of current prospects for income generation, capital appreciation, and uncorrelated returns with equity markets and as a hedge against inflation. This paper surveys this investment activity and its impacts.

1-July-2010

English

Case Studies of Costs and Benefits of Non-Tariff Measures: Cheese, Shrimp and Flowers

Cost-benefit analysis can help identify least-cost solutions of non-tariff measures (NTMs) designed to ensure that imported products meet domestic requirements, says this report featuring three case studies from the agri-food sector.

1-July-2010

English

Demand Growth in Developing Countries

A report on how growth in demand for agricultural products has evolved in developing and emerging economies, notably Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia and China (the so-called BRIIC countries).

24-June-2010

English

The Impact of Index and Swap Funds on Commodity Futures Markets: Preliminary Results

Financial market speculation did not cause the price bubble in agricultural futures markets in 2007-08, according to this preliminary study on the impact of index and swap fund participation in these commodity futures markets.

18-January-2010

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Economic Importance of Agriculture for Poverty Reduction

The Millennium Declaration set 2015 as the target date for halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. This paper examines the role of the agricultural sector and looks at 25 developing countries who have posted extraordinary success in reducing extreme poverty.

2-November-2009

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Clarifying Trade Costs: Maritime Transport and its Effect on Agricultural Trade

Maritime transport costs have a significant impact on the trade in agricultural goods, representing on average 10% of the imported value of agricultural products. A doubling of shipping costs is linked to an average drop of 42% in agricultural trade, says this paper.

1-November-2009

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A Cost-Benefit Framework for the Assessment of Non-Tariff Measures in Agro-Food Trade

This report develops a conceptual framework for the assessment of costs and benefits associated with non-tariff measures in agro-food trade that allows an evidence-based comparative assessment of alternative regulatory approaches.

24-August-2009

English, , 536kb

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.

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.

15-May-2009

English, , 675kb

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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