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Title:Distortions to agricultural incentives in Africa
Editors:Anderson, KymISNI
Masters, William A.ISNI
City of publisher:Washington, DC
Publisher:World Bank
ISBN:9780821376522; 9780821376645
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:agricultural policy
agricultural economy
agricultural market
trade policy
agricultural prices
Abstract:The vast majority of the world's poorest households depend on farming for their livelihoods. During the 196os and 1970s, many African and other developing countries imposed pro-urban and anti-agricultural policies, while many high-income countries restricted agricultural imports and subsidized their farmers. Both sets of policies harmed African farmers. Although progress has been made over the past two decades to reduce those policy biases, the extent of reform has not been systematically quantified. To help fill this lacuna, the World Bank launched a major research project in 2006 aimed at quantifying the changing extent of distortions to agricultural incentives since the 1950s. This volume is one of a series of four regional books that summarize the findings. It provides overviews, by different authors, of the evolution of distortions to agricultural incentives caused by price and trade policies in twenty-one African countries from North Africa (Egypt), southern Africa (Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe), eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda), and western Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo). The country studies provide an evidence-based foundation for assessing the successes and failures of the past and for evaluating policy options for the years ahead. [ASC Leiden abstract]