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GTAP Resource #4285

"Impact of alternative agricultural trade liberalization strategies on food security in the Sub-Saharan Africa region"
by Chikhuri, Krishna

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to deal with the linkage between agricultural trade liberalization
and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Design/methodology/approach – The analysis uses the GTAP model which is a global dynamic
applied general equilibrium model to assess how the multifarious trade and support policies in
agriculture affect the poor in the Sub-Saharan African group based on food security concerns. The
policy strategies analyzed are two liberalization scenarios based on the proposals made in the present
round of agricultural negotiations in terms of market access and export competition, plus a free
agricultural trade benchmark scenario.
Findings – The results of alternative trade liberalization strategies on key food security indicators in
the SSA region are ambiguous. The impact varies depending on the extent of liberalization and also
the comparative advantage of the SSA group at the sectoral level.
Originality/value – Despite several studies on food security, especially after the food crisis in 2008,
very little research has focussed on the agricultural trade liberalization impact with a CGE approach.
Keywords Agricultural trade liberalization, Food security, Sub Saharan Africa, Agriculture, Trade

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Category: GTAP Application
Status: Published
By/In: International Journal of Social Economics
Date: 2013
Version: IJSE Vol. 40 No. 3, 2013
Created: Chikhuri, K. (8/2/2013)
Updated: Chikhuri, K. (8/2/2013)
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- Baseline development
- Food prices and food security
- Africa (Southern)

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