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Agricultural markets and food prices

Implications of economic liberalisation, the impact of global trends in agricultural production on food prices; the mechanisms by which farmers engage in markets; the various barriers and opportunities presented by different policy frameworks.

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Potential for a South African aquaculture industry on the Northern Cape’s Namaqualand Coast
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2008
The question of land-use is likely to remain a stumbling block for potential fish farmers because access to coastal land will continue to pose a formidable obstacle. This is because most coastal land has been zoned, plus the land that...
Livestock industrialization, trade and social-health-environment impacts in developing countries: a case of Indian poultry sector
R Mehta; C.A Narrod; M.M Tiongco / Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2008
Poultry is today one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture sector in India. While the production of agricultural crops has been rising at a rate of around 2.0 per cent per annum, this of eggs and broilers has been rising at 8...
Trade and poverty in Mauritius: impact of European Union sugar reforms on the livelihood of sugar cane workers
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2011
Sugar cane remains a major contributor to the Mauritian economy.  Over the last 30 years Mauritius has benefited from the EU Sugar Protocol with net sugar revenues estimated at €4 billion over this period. However, the succe...
The effects of the European Union-imposed livestock identification and traceback system on Botswana’s beef exports and rural poverty
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2011
In 1997 the EU introduced a requirement that beef imports be traceable through a computerised system. To ensure continued access to the EU market, Botswana introduced the livestock identification and traceback system (LITS). The objec...
The impact of biofuels on food prices in the Southern African Customs Union
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2011
The quest for new sources of energy away from traditional petroleum products has in recent times led to the development and use of biological material (biomass). As the name suggests, biofuels are developed from organic materials. Thu...
olicy considerations of adopting Geographical Indication protection in South Africa
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies, South Africa, 2012
Geographical Indication (GI) refers to a proper name or a sign that identifies a certain product with a specific geographical location (the product’s origin) such as a province, a town or a country. The definition also implies t...
Food price inflation in India: causes and cures
P. Agrawal; D. Kumarasamy / Institute of Economic Growth, India, 2012
Inflation in general and food price inflation in particular has been a persistent problem in India over the past few years. Price stability is crucial for sustainable growth as persistent inflation implies higher demand relative to su...
The advent of corn-based ethanol: a re-examination of the competition for grains
A Banerjee / Research and Information System for Developing Countries, 2010
While concerns over climate change and the urge to reduce carbon emissions have served as a motivation to replace gasoline with bio-fuels, the surge in crude oil prices in the current decade has also played its role in this transition...
Under What Circumstances and Conditions Does Adoption of Technology Result in Increased Agricultural Productivity? A Systematic Review
M. Loevinsohn; J. Sumberg; A. Diagne; S. Whitfield / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2013
New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food and fibre is critical for both food security and economic development. Whether framed in terms of modernisation, productivity enhancement, poverty reduction, so...
Assessing rural transformations: piloting a qualitative impact protocol in Malawi and Ethiopia
J. Copestake; F. Remnant / Centre for Development Studies, Bath University, 2014
This paper contributes to the literature on qualitative approaches to impact evaluation (QUIP) particularly in complex contexts. It reports on substantive and methodological findings from four pilot studies of a protocol for qualitati...