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Beyond Agricultural Subsidies

Much attention has been paid in WTO negotiations to U.S. farm subsidies and their impact on poor farmers in developing countries. Yet most research fails to support the contention that reducing or eliminating Northern agricultural subsidies will bring significant benefits to the rural poor in developing countries. GDAE research shows that U.S. farmers as a group have not gotten rich off farm programs, and eliminating U.S. subsidies would have only a marginal effect on production and international prices, with the notable exception of cotton. The goal is to demystify the issue for policy-making while focusing attention on whom beyond farmers have benefited from U.S. farm policies. In particular, the "Feeding the Factory Farm Project" documents the “implicit subsidies” going to industrial livestock firms from below-cost feed. GDAE also researches the impact of US agricultural dumping under NAFTA (see report) and the impact of growing corporate concentration in agri-food industries.

Key publications:

Still Waiting for the Farm Boom: Family Farmers Worse Off Despite High Crop Prices, by Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Policy Brief 11-01, March 2011.

Timothy Wise interviewed on the Family Farm Boom.

Wise was interviewed by The Real News Network on his recent policy brief, "Still Waiting for the Farm Boom: Family Farmers Worse off Despite High Crop Prices."

 

Mexico: The Cost of U.S. Dumping, by Timothy A. Wise, NACLA Report on the Americas, January/February, 2011.

Are High Agricultural Prices Good or Bad for Poverty?, by Timothy Wise, GDAE Globalization Commentary, from Triple Crisis Blog, November 19, 2010.

Small-Scale Farmers and Development: Assume a different economic model, by Timothy Wise, GDAE Globalization Commentary, from Triple Crisis Blog, September 27, 2010.

Who Pays for Agricultural Dumping? Farmers in developing countries,
by Timothy Wise, GDAE Globalization Commentary, from Triple Crisis
Blog
, July 29, 2010.

"Agricultural Dumping Under NAFTA: Estimating the Costs of U.S. Agricultural Policies to Mexican Producers," by Timothy A. Wise, 
Mexican Rural Development Research Report No. 7, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010. (an earlier version appeared as GDAE Working Paper No. 09-08, December 2009).

Oped: Monopolies are Killing Our Farms by Timothy A. Wise, nationally syndicated starting April 12, 2010.

Agribusiness and the Food Crisis: A new thrust at anti-trust, by Timothy Wise, GDAE Globalization Commentary, from Triple Crisis Blog, March 22, 2010.

"The True Cost of Cheap Food: The globalisation of the food market has made food cheap, but who is benefiting?” by Timothy A. Wise, Resurgence, Issue 259, March/April 2010. Also available in Spanish.

Hogging the Gains from Trade: The Real Winners from U.S. Trade and Agricultural Policies, by Timothy A. Wise and Betsy Rakocy, GDAE Policy Brief 10-01, January 2010.

"Agricultural Dumping Under NAFTA: Estimating the Costs of U.S. Agricultural Policies to Mexican Producers," by Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper No. 09-08, December 2009.

"Promise or Pitfall? The Limited Gains from Agricultural Trade Liberalisation for Developing Countries," by Timothy A Wise, Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 36, no. 4, December 2009. An earlier version of this article was published as "The Limited Promise of Agricultural Trade Liberalization." (NOTICE: Author Posting. (c) Routledge, 2009. This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden.)

“Boom for Whom? Family Farmers Saw Lower On-Farm Income Despite High Prices,” by Timothy A. Wise and Alicia Harvie, GDAE Policy Brief 09-02, February 2009.

“The Limited Promise of Agricultural Trade Liberalization,” by Timothy A. Wise, Working Group Discussion Paper DP19, July 2008.

"The Promise and Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Lessons from the Americas,"By Mamerto Pérez, Sergio Schlesinger, and Timothy A. Wise, with the Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas, June 2008, Washington Office on Latin America and the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University.

"Identifying the Real Winners from U.S. Agricultural Policies," Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-07, December, 2005.

"Understanding the Farm Problem: Six Common Errors in Presenting Farm Statistics," by Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-02, March 2005.

"The Paradox of Agricultural Subsidies: Measurement Issues, Agricultural Dumping, and Policy Reform" by Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper 04-02, May 2004.

Publications from the "Feeding the Factory Farm Project"

See all publications from GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable Development Project.

 

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