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GTAP Resource #6857

"Re-designing agricultural subsidies in sub-Saharan Africa"
by Freund, Florian and Marco Springmann

Agricultural subsidies have been an important driver for achieving food security and fostering technological change in many developed countries. However, the structure of subsidies has also been criticized for being unsocial, unhealthy, supporting environmental degradation, and negatively impacting climate change.
In the least developed countries, agricultural subsidies are usually low. To reduce hunger and support rural livelihoods, governments have committed to increasing agricultural spending but are struggling to do so. Funnelling public money to the agricultural sector has been an important engine for growth and employment where the poorest households in the poorest countries benefit most. In the Maputo declaration of 2003, countries of the African Union have committed to spend 10% of national spending on agriculture, but this has not been achieved in most countries. Here we analyse the impacts of this declaration and several other agricultural subsidy schemes in sub-
Saharan Africa on human health, climate change, agricultural incomes, and export revenues.

Resource Details (Export Citation) GTAP Keywords
Category: 2023 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented during the 26th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis (Bordeaux, France)
Date: 2022
Created: Freund, F. (4/12/2023)
Updated: Freund, F. (4/12/2023)
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- Agricultural policies
- Domestic policy analysis
- Africa (Central)
- Africa (East)
- Africa (North)
- Africa (Southern)
- Africa (West)

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