SADC Trade Information Briefs

tib-4.jpgElectronic and hardcopy Trade Information Briefs provide policy-makers and the private sector with export intelligence regarding the potential of SADC ‘s current export ‘basket’ as well as the regions’ potential export basket of goods and services. With these Briefs, TIPS aims to provide SADC exporters with relevant market intelligence to assist them to be more successful in their export endeavours. The underlying premise is that these exporters do not always have access to up-to-date, accurate trade information and thus have little basis for determining which markets are worthwhile targeting.

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Useful websites on agriculture in general

Organisation Link Description
FAO General overview of agricultural commodities: Trends / Prices / Consumption/Production
FAOSTAT Production, Consumption, Prices on a range of commodities
FAO/Global Perspectives Futurist Research: Long-run trends with regard to commodities, consumption and market structure
USAD/ERS Detailed reports on the size, shape and structure of markets
USAD/PSD Production, supply, and distribution of agricultural commodities for the United States and major importing and exporting countries.
USAD/AMAD Data and information on WTO member countries regarding tariff schedules, tariff bindings, applied tariff rates, import quantities
USDA/FAS Market (defined as a country) information for a particular product The GAIN reports are very useful, providing ‘on-the-ground’ market information.  To access these reports, use the general search engine on the FAS site and type "GAIN"
Pacific Economic Co-operation Council Food production, consumption and retail trends in the Asian Pacific Region
International Food Policy Research Institute Agricultural policies to alleviate poverty
Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development Research papers
International Fund for Agricultural Development Promoting small scale agriculture
Food and Agricultural Policy Research Unit Commodities and elasticities database
International Centre for Tropical Agriculture Case studies about improving small scale farmers' agricultural techniques
Ideas Large databank of peer-reviewed paper (350,000)
ABARE (Australian research agency) Academic type research covering commodities, trade polices and climate change
Agricultural Issues Centre Commodity information
AgMRC Information about value-added goods. 
Agricultural Research for Developing Countries  
National Resources Institute Small scale agriculture / Creating sustainable activities for small scale farmers
The World Vegetable Centre Improving small-scale farmers activities throughout the value-chain  
CGIAR Virtual Library: A New Online Resource for Agricultural Development Professionals

The CGIAR Virtual Library (CGVlibrary) is an internet gateway that allows agriculture and development specialists to search an interdisciplinary array of leading databases on agriculture, food policy and the environment.  It enables users to retrieve thousands of full-text documents, abstracts or references from the online libraries of the CGIAR research centres and over 160 other databases.

Users can access more than 4,000 online journals without any registration or fees.

Useful papers on:General agriculture themes

Title Author Link
Demand for Food Quantity and Quality in China Fred Gale and Kuo Huang
China: A Study of Dynamic Growth Mathew Shane and Fred Gale
New Directions in China's Agricultural Lending Fred Gale and Robert Collender
Where Will Demographics Take the Asia-Pacific Food System? Walter J. Armbruster, Brad Gilmour
Recent Agricultural Policy Reforms in North America Steven Zahniser, Ed Young, and John Wainio
The future role of bio-fuels (Asia)
Are Poor, Remote Areas Left Behind in Agricultural Development: The case of Tanzania Nicholas Minot
Market Institutions: Enhancing the Value of Rural-Urban Links Shyamal Chowdhury; Asfaw Negassa; and Maximo Torero
. The Dragon and the Elephant: Agricultural and Rural Reforms in China and India. Ashok Gulati, Shenggen Fan and Sara Dalafi. September 2005.
Globalization and the Smallholders: A Review of Issues, Approaches, and Implications Sudha Narayanan and Ashok Gulati
Successes in African Agriculture: Results of an Expert Survey Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin and Steven Haggblade
Managing Price Volatility in an Open Economy Environment: The Case of Edible Oils and Oilseeds in India P. V. Srinivasan
The Promises and Challenges of Biofuels for the Poor in Developing Countries
Lessons Learned from the Dragon (China) and the Elephant (India)
Changing Diets in China's Cities: Empirical Fact or Urban Legend? Fengxia Dong, Frank H. Fuller
Analysis of the Link between Ethanol, Energy, and Crop Markets, An Simla Tokgoz, Amani Elobeid
agriculture in china: developments and significance for Australia
the nexus between climate, energy and technology
The U.S. Ethanol Industry: Where will it be located in the future? Kevin C. Dhuyvetter, Terry L. Kastens, and Michael Boland
Market Institutions Enhancing the Value of Rural-Urban Links Shyamal Chowdhury; Asfaw Negassa; and Maximo Torero
New Directions in China's Agricultural Lending Fred Gale and Robert Collender
China's Rising Fruit and Vegetable Exports Challenge U.S. Industries Sophia Huang and Fred Gale
Food Trade and Food Policy in Sub-Saharan: Africa: Old Myths and New Challenges Christopher Stevens∗ Development Policy Review, 2003, 21 (5)

Non-tariff barriers

Title Author Link
International Trade and Food Safety: Economic Theory and Case Studies Jean C. Buzby, editor
Non-Tariff Barriers John C. Beghin
China’s New Farm Subsidies Fred Gale, Bryan Lohmar, and Francis Tuan

Global food consumption patterns

Title Author Link
Changing Structure of Global Food Consumption and Trade Anita Regmi
U.S. and EU Consumption Comparisons Lorraine Mitchell
Religion, Religiosity, and the Consumption of Timesaving Foods Amir Heiman, Bruce McWilliams, and David Zilberman
Commercialization of Food Consumption in Rural China Fred Gale, Ping Tang, Xianhong Bai, and Huijun Xu
Demand for Food Quantity and Quality in China Fred Gale and Kuo Huang

Food markets

Title Author Link
New Directions in Global Food Markets Anita Regmi and Mark Gehlhar
The Rapid Rise of Supermarkets? W. Bruce Traill
The U.S. Food Marketing System, 2002 J. Michael Harris, Phil Kaufman, Steve Martinez, and Charlene Price
A revolution in food retailing (Asia)
"The Role of Transportation Infrastructure in a Seamless Food System
Regionalism and Trade in AgriFood Products Crescenzo dell'Aquila, Rakhal Sarker, and Karl D. Meilke*
The Economics of Brands Yanhong Jin, David Zilberman, and Amir Heiman*

Trade agreements, focusing on agriculture

Title Author Link
U.S. Agriculture and the Free Trade Area of the Americas Mary E. Burfisher (editor)
Trade Among Unequal Partners Gene Hasha
EU Enlargement: Implications for New Member Countries, the United States, and World Trade Nancy Cochrane and Ralph Seeley
North America Moves Toward One Market Steven Zahniser
NAFTA at 11: The Growing Integration of North American Agriculture Steven Zahniser, editor
Agricultural Trade Preferences and the Developing Countries John Wainio, Shahla Shapouri,Michael Trueblood, and Paul Gibson05
Impact of the European Enlargement and Common Agricultural Policy Reforms on Agricultural Markets: Much Ado about Nothing? Jacinto F. Fabiosa, John C. Beghin, Fengxia Dong, Amani Elobeid, Frank H. Fuller, Holger Matthey, Simla Tokgoz, Eric Wailes
Agricultural trade liberalisation effects on developing countries' output, input and trade

Global value chains

Title Author Link
Vertical co-ordination in high-value commodities: Implications for smallholders Pratap S. Birthal, P.K. Joshi, and Ashok Gulati
Agricultural Diversification in India and Role of Urbanization P. Parthasarathy Rao, P.S. Birthal, P.K. Joshi and D. Kar
Domestic Support to Agriculture in the European Union and the United States: Policy Developments Since 1996 Gopinath, Kathleen Mullen, and Ashok Gulati
Being competitive in the food markets
Biotechnology and agriculture
Consumer Demand for Traceability Jill E. Hobbs
Emerging Trends in the New Economy: Consumers, Firms and Science Jean Kinsey
Key Industry Trends in the Food, Grocery and Consumer Product Supply Chain Roland Berger
Vertical Coordination in High-Value Food Commodities: Implications for Smallholders Pratap S. Birthal1, P. K. Joshi2 and Ashok Gulati2
Fresh Vegetable Price Linkage Between Grower/Shippers, Wholesalers and Retailers John R. BROOKER David B. EASTWOOD Brian T. CARVER Morgan D. GRAY

Market access

Title Author Link
Market Access for High-Value Foods Anita Regmi, Mark Gehlhar, John Wainio, Thomas Vollrath, Paul Johnston, and Nitin Kathuria
Agricultural Trade Preferences and the Developing Countries By John Wainio, Shahla Shapouri, Michael Trueblood, and Paul Gibson
Tell Me Where It Hurts, An' I'll Tell You Who to Call: Industrialized Countries' Agricultural Policies and Developing Countries Xinshen Diao, Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Sherman Robinson, and David Orden
Rethinking Agricultural Domestic Support under the World Trade Organization Chad E. Hart, John C. Beghin
Global Agricultural Liberalization: An In-Depth Assessment of What Is At Stake Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, John C. Beghin


Title Author Link
Are Horticultural Exports a Replicable Success Story? Evidence from Kenya and Côte d'Ivoire Nicholas Minot and Margaret Ngigi
Horticulture for Poverty Alleviation -- The Unfunded Revolution K. Weinberger and T.A. Lumpkin. 2005.
Regulatory Barriers in International Horticultural Markets Donna Roberts and Barry Krissoff Regulatory barriers.pdf
    Horticulture Road Map Report.pdf
Assessing the Competitiveness of the Horticultural Sector in the Beira Corridor USAID Beira Corridor fruit & flowers.pdf
The Growth and Development of the Horticultural Sector  in Zimbabwe Stanley T Heri The Growth and Development of the Horticultural Sector  in Zimbabwe
    Global Agric Assessment.pdf