Agricultural Subsidies in SADC Countries

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FinMark Trust has commissioned this research as part of its broader mandate to improve financial inclusion of the poor. In this case, given the significance of the agricultural sector in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the stated purpose has been to assist SADC and SADC states to make informed decisions regarding the payment of (agricultural) subsidies by using the research findings and guidelines. The ultimate goal is to ensure greater food security and financial inclusion in the agricultural sector.

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The research task has been to gather evidence about the impact of agricultural subsidies, and to provide guidance on the types of subsidies that will produce more long-term sustainable effects on the concerned economies. FinMark Trust may use these findings to develop future programmes and initiatives which would support and advance the above goal.

The research first required an understanding of the global landscape regarding agricultural subsidies, including some analysis of the changes over time, and with a special emphasis on the different approaches to subsidies of the developed and developing worlds. Beyond this, it was necessary to consider Africa as a continent, and then to focus on the policies and practices of the fifteen countries of SADC.

FinMark Trust has commissioned this research as part of its broader mandate to improve financial inclusion of the poor. In this case, given the significance of the agricultural sector in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the stated purpose has been to assist SADC and SADC states to make informed decisions regarding the payment of (agricultural) subsidies by using the research findings and guidelines. The ultimate goal is to ensure greater food security and financial inclusion in the agricultural sector.

The research task has been to gather evidence about the impact of agricultural subsidies, and to provide guidance on the types of subsidies that will produce more long-term sustainable effects on the concerned economies. FinMark Trust may use these findings to develop future programmes and initiatives which would support and advance the above goal.

The research first required an understanding of the global landscape regarding agricultural subsidies, including some analysis of the changes over time, and with a special emphasis on the different approaches to subsidies of the developed and developing worlds. Beyond this, it was necessary to consider Africa as a continent, and then to focus on the policies and practices of the fifteen countries of SADC.