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19 November 2008
The ATDF Journal Volume 5 Issues 1/2 brings out some of the key policy implications, the causes and possible solutions to the world food crisis with a special focus on Africa. It explores the trends in investment and aid to agriculture in Africa, trade policy successes and failures and case studies of national agricultural strategies in a number of countries including Philippines and New Zealand. This issues draws on the extensive research and experience of international institutions, policy makers and researchers in agriculture to highlight some of the challenges that Africa faces and ways to overcome them. We hope you find this useful.

Inside this issue

Beyond the Food Crisis: Trade, Aid and Innovation in African Agriculture

William A. Masters

The Global Food Crisis: A Toolkit for Audacious Leaders

Arvind Subramanian

A New Approach to Deal with the Global Food Crisis

Philipp Aerni

Promoting Commercial Agriculture in Africa

Federico Bonaglia, Patrizia Labella and Jane Marshal

What trade policy framework to address food insecurity?

Jonathan Hepburn and Constantine Bartel

Investing in Agriculture to overcome the World food crisis and reduce poverty and hunger

Shenggen Fan and Mark W. Rosegrant

The Tragedy of African Agriculture: Trade liberalization and agricultural export performance

Samuel Gayi

The Food Versus Fuel Issue: Case of the Philippines

Liborio S. Cabanilla and U-Primo E. Rodriguez

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NEXT ISSUE: Call for papers

Intra-firm trade makes up about one third of global trade. In certain industries, the share is significantly higher. Intra-firm trade is not just a means to optimize taxation but also serves multinationals to minimize knowledge spillovers. In this context, intra-firm trade often serves as an isolating mechanism that is more effective than the mere legal protection of intellectual property. Yet, the knowledge accumulated by multinationals would be very valuable to strengthen the competitiveness of the local private sector in LDCs. The next issue of ATDF Journal wants to know:

* What does it mean if an increasing share of world trade takes place within firms? * What kind of incentives are necessary to induce multinationals to collaborate more with the local private sector and local universities in LDCs; * What kind of domestic policies in LDCs are feasible and legal (from a WTO point of view) to better embed multinational companies in the local economies? * Do best practices already exist, and how did they happen?

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