Groundnut trade liberalization: Could the South help the south?

John Beghin, Ndiame Diop, Holger Matthey

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This paper analyzes policies affecting global groundnut-products markets. The new US groundnut policy is now a minor source of distortion in world markets where India and China stand out as the major distorters. We analyze and quantify the effects of groundnut-products trade liberalization on consumer welfare and producer income. Our analysis shows that African exporters would gain significantly from reductions in protection and subsidies in India, and to a lesser extent, China, although China's exports of food-quality groundnuts would expand dramatically. Net-importing OECD countries would suffer from higher world prices. The paper draws direct implications for the Doha trade negotiations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1036
Number of pages21
JournalWorld Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • India
  • WTO
  • groundnut/peanut
  • trade policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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