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David Puewoh Pingpoh and Jean Senahoun

No 7931, 106th Seminar, October 25-27, 2007, Montpellier, France from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: The trade liberalization has resulted in massive food imports into Cameroon and this is affecting the livelihoods of the farmers, industries, traders, and service providers of the imported foods. Cameroon was selected by FAO as one of the 12 country case studies on the impact of food import surges in developing countries with the overall objective of studying and analyzing the impact of the most prevalent and frequent surge commodities (poultry meat, rice, and vegetable oils) on stakeholders. The methods and analytical approach used for this study are those for WTO Safeguards investigation as outlined in the FAO working document, "Extent and impact of food import surges in developing countries: An analytical approach and research methodology for country case studies". Information for the study was obtained from both secondary sources and from primary sources (stakeholders' survey). Quantitatively and qualitatively, import surges occurred and are occurring for poultry meat in Cameroon. There were relatively low levels of this commodity imports into Cameroon until 1999-2004 at which time the import of poultry meat increased by 286.7%. Domestic and exogenous factors contributed to the commodity import surge in Cameroon. A potentially negative correlation between the movements in import volumes and movement in domestic price, per unit import value, domestic production, and profits, key injury indicators were noted. Factors other than imports contributed to the injuries. Cameroon's policy responses to the surges and injuries were its main trade policy instrument, the tariff, partial ban on imports of poultry meat, and instituted reference price.

Keywords: International Relations/Trade; Livestock Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16
Date: 2007
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.7931

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