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PCHPA/IPC Policy Brief: AGOA and Agriculture

July 2010

This brief will provide a background on African agricultural exports to the US, and suggest ways in which these could be increased both through improvements to preference schemes and changes to other facets of US policy. Considering that agriculture is a key driver for poverty alleviation and economic growth, the brief examines how US policy can serve to strengthen the export performance of this important sector. The brief will also argue, however, that the success of US policies should not only be measured by the impact US trade preferences have on African exports to the US, but also more broadly on whether they also contribute to increased capacity and competitiveness of African agricultural producers in diverse markets.