News - Agriculture

Re|Source 2012 Forum: Food, Water, Energy and… Pricing?

On 12-13 July 2012, leaders from governments, businesses, academia and journalism convened to discuss the management of the world’s resources over the next 20 years and beyond. Among the issues under discussion, the pricing of resources – and the existence (or not) of financial incentives – emerged as a key concern.

GSI Side-Event - Overcoming Barriers to Subsidy Reform for a Greener Economy

RIO DE JANEIRO - 19 June 2012 - This event brought together leading experts from fisheries, agriculture and energy sectors to discuss what the major barriers are to subsidy reform, how these can be overcome and who the critical actors are to affect change at Rio and beyond.

Farm subsidy data harvest 2011

This May,, a non-profit project that monitors farm subsidies in the EU, launched its newest data review of the subsidies granted under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The Public Goods Paradigm and the EU's Common Agricultural Policy

From the outside, the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) may look immutable. The only major effect of the reform passed by farm ministers in 2009, dubbed the ‘Health Check', was to dissipate more serious ambitions for change for the rest of the EU long-term budget (2007–2013).

Mexican Agriculture Ministry signals new strategy to phase-out direct agriculture subsidies

The government of Mexico is preparing to phase-out direct subsidies to farmers over the next ten years, according to an announcement made by the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA).  SAGARPA will instead focus its resources on providing credit and financing to Mexican farmers to help them develop their businesses.

Biofuels subsidy studies in Canada and the U.S.; Subsidy transparency in Argentina; Farm subsidy poll in the U.S.

A new report by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) quantifies government support for biofuels in Canada, and analyzes whether this expenditure represents good value for Canadian taxpayers.

Biofuels – At What Cost? Government support for ethanol and biodiesel in Canada is the latest in a series of reports addressing subsidies for biofuels in Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, Indonesia, Malaysia, Switzerland and the United States.

Nigeria considers cuts in fuel subsidies; President Obama aims to reduce farm subsidies; U.S. project builds subsidy databases

Nigeria considers cut in fuel subsidies  The Nigerian federal government has announced plans to cut its subsidies for petroleum fuels, saying that the price tag has become unaffordable. According to the federal government, Nigeria spent over US$4.3 billion on petroleum fuel subsidies in 2008. Despite its significant oil reserves, Nigeria imports much of its petroleum products, before selling them at below market rates.

The Link Between Corn Subsidies and Obesity

A policy brief from the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDEA) at Tufts University examines the link between bloated U.S. farm subsidies and expanding waistlines in the United States.

Biofuel Subsidies in Asia

Three recent reports by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) survey subsidy policies for biofuels in China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The reports marks a shift in focus for the GSI’s “Biofuels At What Cost?” series, from biofuel subsidy policies in OECD countries—which account for the lions share of global government support for biofuels—to that of certain developing countries that have stood poised to capitalize on heightened interest in these renewable fuels. 

Fertilizer Subsidies in Malawi: Preparing an Exit Strategy

During the 1990s, Malawian farmers experienced a rough transition from government policies that controlled and supported the agricultural sector, such as fertilizer subsidies and price stabilization, to a more liberalized agricultural policy environment. In the wake of this change, prices for staple foods and inputs fluctuated widely, and the majority of smallholder farmers were unable to afford the fertilizer and seed that they desperately needed. This period of economic instability coincided with a Southern-Africa wide drought, resulting in extremely low yields.