Synthesis documents

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries, Moïsé, E et al, 2013

    This report identifies and analyses some of the most important supply-side factors constraining developing countries‘ agricultural exports in order to inform prioritisation and sequencing of domestic policy reforms as well as targeting of donor interventions.

    Summary of results
    The paper presents a quantitative analysis of the impact of potential supply-side constraints to developing countries‘ exports of agricultural products, supplemented by three case studies of Aid for Trade programmes supporting agricultural trade expansion in Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

    The report confirms that developing countries‘ agricultural exports are highly responsive to the quality of transport and trade-related infrastructure, while tariffs still have a significant negative impact. The analysis also highlights the importance of complementary policies such as education and political stability on developing countries‘ agricultural trade performance. The case studies illustrate the impact on agricultural exports of constraints related to standards and conformity assessment or access to credit. They also show the contribution of donor supported programmes promoting private sector initiatives to poverty reduction through increased employment and the promotion of production adapted to local endowments.