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Trade and Agroindustrialization in Developing Countries: Trends and Policy Impacts


Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla


Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Lucio Reca


Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - Development Strategy and Governance Division


Agricultural Economics, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2000

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There have been important changes in the international trade of processed and high-value added food products from developing countries over the past several decades. One of them has been the emergence of oilseeds and fruits and vegetables, replacing traditional products such as sugar, coffee, and cocoa as the main exports from developing countries. Another trend has been the collapse of African agroindustrial exports and the increase of exports from Asia. The paper highlights key trends, and explores possible reasons for the trends, focusing on trade policies in less-developed countries (LDCs) and developed countries (DCs). The paper argues that national trade policies and other economic policies appear to have been relatively supportive of agroindustrial production and exports in Asia. In contrast, policies have had more mixed effects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and seem to have been just one component in a larger array of forces inhibiting economic development in Africa. The performance of agroindustrial production and exports from LDCs may be now more dependent than ever on the completion of reforms in the agricultural trade policies of DCs. For Africa, however, a more supportive international environment and better macroeconomic and trade policies will not be enough to ensure a thriving agroindustrial sector within a broader process of economic development until military confrontations stop.

Keywords: Agroindustry, Trade, Developing countries

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Date posted: August 23, 2001  

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Diaz-Bonilla, Eugenio and Reca, Lucio, Trade and Agroindustrialization in Developing Countries: Trends and Policy Impacts. Agricultural Economics, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=250066

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Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla (Contact Author)
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )
1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States
Lucio Reca
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - Development Strategy and Governance Division ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States
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