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Global Agricultural Trade

Global Agricultural Trade and Developing Countries explores the outstanding issues in global agricultural trade policy and evolving world trade production and trade patterns. Its coverage of agricultural trade issues ranges from the details of cross-cutting policy issues to the highly distorted agricultural trade regimes of industrial countries and detailed studies of agricultural commodities of economic importance to many developing countries.

Presentation & transcript from January 10, Washington, D.C. launch.

"Manufacturing protection has declined worldwide following substantial reforms of trade policies, especially in developing countries. Yet many industrial and developing countries still protect agriculture at high levels, which is hitting the world’s poor the hardest.
“Growth in agriculture has a disproportionately positive effect on poverty reduction, because more than half the population in developing countries lives in rural areas, and poverty is highest in rural areas. This report clearly shows the need for coordinated, global trade reforms if we are to help the rural poor.”

François Bourguignon, Senior Vice President
and Chief Economist, The World Bank

The book aims to bring together the background issues and findings to guide researchers and policymakers in their global negotiations and domestic policies on agriculture. It also explores the key questions for global agricultural policies, both the impacts of current trade regimes ad the implications of reform.


The first part of the book replies the broad, cross-cutting questions raised by researchers and policymakers about agricultural trade regimes and trade performance. The answers to these will give a clearer picture of global agricultural policies and reforms. The book’s second part complements these broad answers with detailed studies of commodities that are representative of the export bundle of developing countries.



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