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Agricultural trade, climate change and food security
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)
Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 2020
2020

Over the last decade, increasing international fragmentation of production has affected both trade and production: these activities have become increasingly organized around what is commonly referred to as global value chains (GVCs). Increased fragmentation has brought with it challenges of tracing and measuring international divisions of labor, value-added, and so forth. In fact, conventional measures of trade only measure the gross value of exchanges between partners. They are not able...

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

Trade liberalization has long been advocated as a means to foster growth and welfare. In developing countries, the expansion of global value chain (GVC) participation of agriculture and food sectors could support transformation from a subsistence-oriented and farm-centered system to a commercialized, productive and off-farm centered one. While empirical evidence examining the linkages between GVC participation and economic performance in the agricultural sector has traditionally relied on case studies at the...

Available in: English
Product type: Book (stand-alone)
Series: The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO)
Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) 202
2020

This technical paper includes: -A literature review of the impact of trade policies and domestic support measures (for example, subsidies) on global value chain (GVC) participation including the effects of tariffs and non-tariff measures, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and Rules of Origin, as well as recent market developments and trade tensions on GVC linkages. -The computation of indicators and decomposition for 18 agri-food sectors and 29 countries and aggregate regions, derived from...

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) 202
2020

Since the 1990s, technological advancements, growing incomes, increased trade, and urbanization have significantly impacted consumption patterns. Worldwide, there is growing evidence of some convergence of diets being facilitated by rapid changes in global food systems including the increasing market share held by supermarkets at all income levels. The formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the emergence and rapid spread of the Internet have also played important roles in...

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

Digital technologies have a high potential to enable further development of the agricultural sector, significantly reshape food value chains (FVCs), and greatly contribute towards more productive, resilient and transparent food systems. This paper provides a non-technical overview of digital technologies that have a high potential to revolutionize the agriculture and food industry, and contribute towards inclusion of small farmers into FVCs. The particular focus is on digital platforms providing e-commerce...

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