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Managing agricultural price volatility in Africa. Context matters for policy effectiveness

Maître d'Hôtel E., Alpha A., Beaujeu R., Gérard F., Levard L.. 2011. Perspective - Cirad (12) : p. 1-4.

Soaring agricultural prices in 2007/2008, followed by decreasing prices in 2009/2010 then a new surge in late 2010/2011, have placed the management of agricultural price volatility at the heart of policy debates. Many developing countries have implemented policies to limit agricultural price volatility and its adverse effects, without always achieving the expected results. Analysis of recent experiences in Africa shows that in order to be effective, a policy measure must meet four conditions: it must be based on robust knowledge; it must be predictable; its funding must be secured; and its enforcement must be monitored.

Mots-clés : stock alimentaire; secteur public; secteur privé; intervention de l'état; maïs; produit céréalier; efficacité; Étude de cas; pays en développement; marché; stabilisation des prix; politique des prix; produit agricole; produit alimentaire; prix; madagascar; zambie; kenya; mali; afrique; politique publique

Thématique : Economie et politique agricoles; Commerce intérieur; Commerce international

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