If not now, when? (Agricultural trade reform)

If we can’t get an agreement on cutting food tarriffs and limiting market-distorting agricultural subsidies now, while food prices are surging (see graph), then when we will ever?

2 comments on “If not now, when? (Agricultural trade reform)”

  1. One problem is that, in the short term, cutting agricultural subsidies will raise world food prices. It may be that this would be good in the long run be provoking a supply response and raising farm incomes, but it’s far from clear that higher food prices do the latter for the very poorest (many of whom are net food producers at harvest time and net consumers the rest of the year).

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Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics, and an Associate of the Institute for Government. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and