Introduction: Context and Motivation Economics of Food Markets Lecture 1 Alan Matthews Lecture objectives To introduce some of the issues dealt with in the course To give a sense of the very extensive government intervention in and regulation
of agricultural and food markets. Course focuses on the evaluation of these interventions. To describe course requirements and expectations of your involvement A new era for food markets agflation? Historical experience has been steady downward trend in real price of food, food has never been cheaper
Current dramatic food price increases Explanations? Demand growth in emerging economies Competition from biofuels Droughts and climate change Constraints on supply capacity Taken from Von Braun, IFPRI, 2005 July 2007
January 2007 July 2006 January 2006 July 2005 January 2005 July 2004
January 2004 July 2003 January 2003 July 2002 January 2002
July 2001 January 2001 July 2000 January 2000 July 1999 January 1999
July 1998 January 1998 US$/tonne Wheat prices (US No 2 Hard Red Winter) 400
350 300 250 200 150 100
50 0 Further reform of Europes agricultural policy No real reforms for 30 years, now three major reforms since 1992 and discussions starting on a fourth Explanations?
Declining economic importance and greater differentiation in farm structures has weakened power of the farm lobby Environmentalist critique of the productivist model of agriculture Consumer concerns not with prices but with food safety and market power Development groups concern about impact of the CAP on developing countries Anti-globalisation food security critique
Further reform of Europes agricultural policy The reform agenda 2008 CAP Health Check 2009 EU Budget Review 2010-2013 Negotiation of next Financial Perspective Implications of successful conclusion of Doha Round Implications of further EU enlargement (Western Balkans, Turkey)
Reviewing international trade rules Agriculture a stumbling block in the current Doha Development Round of trade talks Absence of international trade disciplines on agricultural policies until the Uruguay Round 1994 What type of trade rules are appropriate to allow legitimate policy space to developed and developing country governments while avoiding negative spillovers on third countries?
Agricultural exceptionalism Is agriculture different? Plenty of evidence that it is treated differently Very significant trade protection and support International trade rules different for agriculture Very prominent role in EU budget Different mechanisms for EU decision-making
Agricultural exceptionalism Reasons for different treatment Economic characteristics of food markets Political and social importance of farm communities Food security concerns Agriculture as a provider of public goods Importance in land management, watershed management Agriculture as a driver of rural development
EU budget expenditure by heading (commitment expenditures, EUR million) Source: Commission Financial Report 2006 Source: Commission Budget Review Consultation Paper September 2007 Paradigms in agricultural policymaking
The dependent agriculture or state assistance paradigm The competitive agriculture paradigm The European Model of Agriculture of multifunctional agriculture The food fundamentalist paradigm Paradigms frame the objectives which guide agricultural policy-making Agriculture in the Irish economy
Source: Department of Agriculture and Food, Annual Review and Outlook 2005-06 Agriculture in the Irish economy Source: Department of Agriculture and Food, Annual Review and Outlook 2005-06 Food Markets Factor markets Input markets Farmers Farm product
markets International trade Wholesale markets Retail markets Consumers Processors
Distributors and retailers A corporate view of the global agri-food business chain Source: Von Braun, J. The World Food Situation: An Overview, IFPRI, 2005 Characteristics of food markets Primary commodity markets
Competitive markets characterised by volatility, declining terms of trade and weak bargaining power of producers Factor markets Missing markets (environment, agricultural research), regulation of competing uses (land) Input and food wholesale markets Concentrated markets, concerns about market power Food retail markets
Changing consumer behaviour, asymmetry of information, food safety, advertising International trade markets Level playing field?, fair trade, global supply chains The policy analysis perspective Food markets are heavily regulated for all kinds of reasons What objectives? What instruments?
Is the intervention efficient? Is the intervention equitable? Tools of welfare/cost benefit analysis The Food Markets course Examines policy issues arising from the operation of food and agricultural markets Emphasises blend of institutional knowledge and application of economic principles
Uses simple graphical analysis of markets as the principal methodology Addresses topical issues, e.g. WTO trade talks, biofuels, CAP reform Food Markets outline Introduction and motivation Agricultural policy objectives why support farming?
EU agricultural policy Economics of price support policies Rural development and biofuels policies Managing agricultures impact on the environment Regulating agricultural trade and WTO rules
Impacts of agricultural trade liberalisation Market power in the food chain Food law and food safety Food Markets assessment Examination ( 70%) Eight questions, answer four Two assessments (15% each)
Tutorial classes Active learning, student presentations Contact and office hours Tuesdays 4-5 pm, Wednesdays 3-4 pm [email protected] Food markets reading Wide reading expected Core readings for each topic Supplementary readings for those who
intend to specialise in the topic Hope you enjoy the course!
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