Markets and Trade

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Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2022
2023

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the Russian–Ukrainian conflict, which began in February 2022, have tested the resilience of the food and agricultural trade network at a global level. The global dimension of these crises meets a policy landscape in which multilateral trade negotiations have largely stalled and regional approaches to trade integration are proliferating rapidly. Based on network analysis, this paper explores the evolution of the...

Available in: English
Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Contemporary Global Issues
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2022
2022

Countries’ varying natural resource endowments are vital in explaining international trade. Traditional trade theory suggests that differences in technology and factor endowments lead countries to specialize and export certain goods or services in which they have a comparative advantage. The computable general equilibrium (CGE) model simulations used in this paper aim to explain agricultural trade patterns and show how agricultural trade would change in response to productivity, infrastructure and institutions improvements...

Available in: English
Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Contemporary Global Issues
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2022
2022

The paper provides a review of the literature on the distribution of natural capital endowments across countries and its impact on determining trade flows. It illustrates the role trade plays in alleviating environmental pressures and the potential negative effects of trade on the environment. Finally, it discusses a range of relevant policy measures that can be adopted to reduce environmental spillovers

Available in: English
Product type: Book (series)
Themes: Contemporary Global Issues
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
The geography of good and agricultural trade: Policy approaches for sustainable development
2022

This edition of The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) discusses how trade policies, based on both multilateral and regional approaches, can address today’s challenges for sustainable development. Trade policies in food and agriculture should aim to safeguard global food security, address the trade-offs between economic and environmental objectives, and strengthen the resilience of the global agrifood system to shocks, such as conflicts, pandemics and extreme weather.

Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Contemporary Global Issues
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
2022

The In Brief version of the FAO flagship publication, The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2022, contains the key messages and main points from the publication and is aimed at the media, policy makers and a more general public.

Product type: Journal, magazine, bulletin
Themes: Contemporary Global Issues
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Agricultural markets and sustainable development: Global value chains, smallholder farmers and digital innovations
2020

The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020 (SOCO 2020) aims to discuss policies and mechanisms that promote sustainable outcomes – economic, social and environmental – in agricultural and food markets, both global and domestic. The analysis is organized along the trends and challenges that lie at the heart of global discussions on trade and development. These include the evolution of trade and markets; the emergence of global value chains in...

Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Agricultural Commodities and Development
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Agricultural markets and sustainable development: Global value chains, smallholder farmers and digital innovations
2020

The In Brief version of the FAO flagship publication, The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020, contains the key messages and main points from the publication and is aimed at the media, policy makers and a more general public.

Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Agricultural Commodities and Development
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Technical note for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2020
2020

This Technical Report includes: • A policy note with: 1) a short review of the literature on the state-of-art methodologies for computing indicators for global value chain (GVC) participation, positioning and vertical specialization; and 2) a mapping and short analysis of agriculture and food GVCs by world region. • A Data set, in Excel format, that includes time series of GVC indicators computed at country/industry level for the period from 1990 to...

Available in: English
Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Agricultural Commodities and Development
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2020
2020

Farmer participation in agricultural markets is of major importance for rural economic growth and poverty alleviation in developing countries. This paper discusses market failures and constraints in agriculture in low-income countries, focusing on how these failures and constraints affect small farmers, input sellers and output buyers. It then explores innovative models implemented to address these challenges, including: out- grower schemes; input bundling programmes; decommodification through quality product differentiation; information and...

Available in: English
Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Agricultural Commodities and Development
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2020
2020

This paper reviews competition issues in agro-food value chains, including forms of governance and organization, concentration and market power and private standards implications. The paper discusses different value chains in food and agriculture and analyses how services and technologies are embedded in the final value and assesses the share of the different value chain segments. It analyses the nature of competition along the value chain and the interactions of participants;...

Available in: English
Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Themes: Agricultural Commodities and Development
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
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