EU Agricultural Policy: What Developing Countries Need to Know

39 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2006

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Jean-Christophe Bureau

AgroParisTech-INRA (National Institute for Agricultural Research)

Alan Matthews

Trinity College (Dublin) - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

This paper provides a consolidated, up-to-date overview of the changes to the CAP and the factors making for further reform from the particular perspective of decision-makers in developing countries. It discusses the principles and mechanisms by which EU farmers are supported under the CAP, and the way in which these mechanisms have been changing since the first major reform of the CAP was adopted in 1992. The main pressures for further reform of the CAP are identified, emphasising the political economy of further reform to provide some sense to developing country policy-makers of how these pressures for reform might play out in the future. Taking a horizontal approach, the impact of reform on developing countries of the three main policy instruments - domestic support, border protection and export subsidies - are then discussed, followed by a focus on a few commodities of particular interest to developing countries. The conclusion develops a checklist of factors which developing country policymakers can use to help track the evolution of the debate on CAP reform and its impact on developing countries.

Keywords: Common Agricultural Policy, Agricultural trade, WTO, developing countries

JEL Classification: F13, Q17, Q18

Suggested Citation

Bureau, Jean-Christophe and Matthews, Alan, EU Agricultural Policy: What Developing Countries Need to Know (October 2005). IIIS Discussion Paper No. 91. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=922068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.922068

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