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GTAP Resource #4711

"Agricultural Policy Reforms in Sub Saharan Africa: A CGE Analysis"
by Balié, Jean and Badri Narayanan

Most countries in the world adopt policies in support of their agricultural sectors that generate significant trade, market and price distortions. While a lot of research has been conducted on the agricultural subsidies and other forms of policy transfers in the developed countries, there is scarce literature on those provided by the developing countries. This is largely because of the challenges in data collection and availability. Following a first experiment by Krueger, Schiff and Valdes (1988), Anderson and Valenzuela (2008) followed by Anderson and Nelgen (2010) bridged this gap in the literature by estimating these distortions to agricultural incentives also in developing countries.

Concerted efforts by the Monitoring and Analyzing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team at the FAO have resulted in the updating of this kind of dataset covering the period 2005-2013. The MAFAP programme is implemented by FAO and seeks to establish country-owned and sustainable systems to monitor, analyze, and reform food and agricultural policies to enable more effective, efficient and inclusive policy frameworks to achieve food security in a growing number of developing and emerging economies.

Exploiting this dataset from MAFAP, we extend the standard GTAP Data Base (version 9, year 2011) to include domestic support, export subsidies, export restrictions as well as detailed transaction costs in a few commodity-specific value chains or the agricultural sector as whole for a dozen of the developing countries. The countries currently covered by MAFAP include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. We shall employ the Altertax tool (Malcolm, 1998) in the GTAP framework for this purpose.

As a further attempt to fill a major gap in the policy literature, in this paper, we perform several real-world policy simulations involving the agricultural sectors o...

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Category: 2015 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 18th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Melbourne, Australia
Date: 2015
Created: Balié, J. (4/14/2015)
Updated: Batta, G. (5/19/2015)
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- Agricultural policies

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