Agricultural trade reform is a global issue. Countries are concerned both about reforms they may be required to implement and about the extent of liberalisation undertaken elsewhere. For OECD countries, the impacts of multilateral reform will depend increasingly on the provisions applied in emerging and transition economies (ETEs). Similarly, ETEs have a strong interest in the policies adopted by those OECD countries that dominate world agricultural trade. This annual publication examines the country-specific effects -- and the distributional consequences in Russia and in transition economies in line for EU accession as well as in other major agricultural economies-- Brazil, China, India, and South Africa.
The agricultural sector and related support policies of many OECD trading partners are changing rapidly. This report monitors agricultural policy developments in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Romania, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine following the same approach applied to OECD countries, providing a common benchmark for evaluating reforms and for facilitating international dialogue. A comprehensive statistical annex containing a wide range of contextual information for these countries is also included. This book includes StatLinks, URLs under tables and graphs linking to Excel® spreadsheet files containing the underlying data.