Chandan Sapkota’s Blog

Kym Anderson comes with an interesting piece about the partnership between trade distortions and food prices. He argues that an unexpected rise in global food prices are powered by major plan shifts like tariffs and subsidies, leading to a tit-for-tat behavior by countries that produce them. Trade-related policies contribute to agricultural market volatility and the volatility across the long-run-trend terms of trade slows national economic growth, he argues.

The main point of the piece: continue with agriculture liberalization. This is a similar debate. The disagreements on agriculture liberalization has been supporting Doha for eight years now. The author says that the greater barriers in this sector, the greater volatility. So, seeking a particular Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) is not good to reduce volatility. But, how does the Doha Round pass without handling these issues? The price hike of 2008 was also a consequence of policy changes in America and EU partly, namely their decision to subsidize biofuels and set mandates/targets for his or her use domestically in response to rising fossil fuel prices.

It led other government authorities to impose food export limitations to insulate relatively their consumers from the purchase price rise, which pressed international food prices higher and even, domino-like, drove more exporting countries to check out the suit. Some food-importing countries reduced briefly their transfer tariffs also, to lessen the rise in their local food prices. The parallel movement of food and energy prices is consistent only after the previous half-century.

Governments of several developing countries harmed their farmers straight by taxing their exports and indirectly by encouraging produces and overvaluing their currencies. This meant that price bonuses facing farmers in many developing countries were stressed out by both own-country insurance policies and the protecting policies of high-income countries. The discussion against SSM and giving some policy space to deal with contingencies in the developing countries aren’t constant with the evolving consensus among experts that such steps need to included in the Doha Round.

Without these actions it would be hard to cope with national crisis prompted by disruptions in agriculture creation and trade. For instance, what happens when there is expanded drought in a country and manufacturers chase after higher-priced markets overseas– this will lead to hunger. To check the populace from starving, some contingency methods are crucial.

Some hooks to full-agriculture trade liberalization is required for the success of the Doha Round. Even a recent WTO World Trade Report emphasized for the addition of “trade contingency measures”. The survey argues for “trade contingency measures” that would give some policy maneuver for countries to deal with local pressure to prop up local markets affected by the problems.

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The contingency actions discussed in the record include safeguards actions, anti-dumping and countervailing measures, the re-negotiation of tariff commitments, the raising of tariffs with their legal maximum levels up, and the use of export taxes. These are needed because too little flexibility in trade agreements may render trade rules unsustainable. The political focus of the Doha round on lowering high degrees of protection is basically irrelevant. The concentrate should, instead, be on moving the farm sector towards the marketplace, while cushioning the impact of high prices on the poor. The move towards genetically revised food in developing countries is as unavoidable as that of the high-income countries towards nuclear power. At least as important could be more effective use of water, via pricing and additional investment. People will oppose a few of these policies. But mass starvation is not just a tolerable option.

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