Our Programmes



Sign up to our newsletter.

Follow ODI

European Community trade barriers to tropical agricultural products

Working papers

Working papers

This paper looks at the quantitative implications of a number of plausible trade liberalisation moves that could be taken by the European Community affecting tropical products. The commodities under consideration are cocoa, coffee, tobacco, rice, cassava (manioc) and the principal tropical oils: palm oil, palm nut oil and coconut oil. The paper does not evaluate policy adjustments that would imply major changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Indeed one of the objects of the exercise has been to determine whether there are possible adjustments to the trade regimes for certain sensitive products like tobacco, rice, cassava and vegetable oils, that would be of benefit to the producing countries as well as to the consumers in the Community, but which would not mean significant increases in the CAP budget.

Michael Davenport