Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Africa

edited by Kym Anderson and William A. Masters 

Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Africa provides an overview of the evolution of distortions to agricultural incentives caused by price and trade policies in the Arab Republic of Egypt plus 20 countries that account for about 90 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population, farm households, agricultural output, and overall GDP. Sectoral, trade, and exchange rate policies in the region have changed greatly since the 1950s, and there have been substantial reforms since the 1980s. Nonetheless, numerous price distortions in this region remain, others have been added in recent years, and there have also been some policy reversals, such as in Zimbabwe. The new empirical indicators in these country studies provide a strong evidence-based foundation for assessing the successes and failures of the past and for evaluating policy options for the years ahead.

Publication date: 
1 Dec, 2007 
Source / Citation: 

Anderson, K. and W.Masters (eds.). 2009. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Africa," Washington, DC: World Bank.