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GTAP Resource #4513

"CAADP Policies in West Africa: An activity-based CGE perspective"
by Mueller, Marc, Emanuele Ferrari and George Philippidis

With the launch of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in 2003, African heads of states have agreed to commit 10 percent of total annual government expenditures to stimulate the development of the agriculture sector in their countries. However, it can be observed that the portfolio of policies within the different National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIP) is rather heterogeneous. Despite negative experiences in the past and concerns regarding distortive effects and low cost-effectiveness, the re-introduction of agricultural input and farm support subsidies is a very common case, although budget shares devoted to such measures differ from country to country. Expenditures for agricultural research and extension services are also typical policy measures in this context. The development of agricultural infrastructure like irrigation or storage facilities and provision of marketing channels are other examples. To which extent certain infra-structure related measures like road construction in rural areas count at all as “Public Agricultural Expenditure” (PAE) in the sense of CAADP is a controversial topic.
Identifying the least distortive and most efficient and equitable ways to allocate CAADP-PAE is a crucial topic for the formulation of upcoming phases of NAIPs (in most cases starting from 2015). The difficulties for an econometric assessment of specific policies are shortness of time series (10 years since 2003) per country in combination with substantial institutional and environmental differences between countries. This challenge is aggravated by varying time-lags between the implementation of certain policies and the likely occurrence of results.
We focus on countries with a share in the West African Guinea Savannah zone because a recent study by the World Bank (2009) has identified high potentials for competitive agricultural production and agriculture-led growth in this region. These potentials are, however, c...

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Category: 2014 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Dakar, Senegal
Date: 2014
Version: 1
Created: Mueller, M. (4/15/2014)
Updated: Mueller, M. (4/15/2014)
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- Calibration and parameter estimation
- Climate change policy
- Other data bases and data issues
- Africa (West)

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