CAFTA and Agriculture and Rural Development

Objectives

  1. Identify the types, numbers and location of those members of societies in the region that, in the absence of corrective public policies and investments, will be negatively affected by CAFTA.

  2. Generate an improved understanding of the likely impacts of CAFTA on:

  • economic growth, employment and trade for the member countries;
  • new market opportunities, especially for agricultural and agro-industrial products;
  • income and employment opportunities for small farmers and other poor rural household groups.
  1. Enumerate the policy and institutional options and public investments that might be undertaken during the transition period to help ensure that new market opportunities are captured and that small farmers and other rural poor are not left behind. These options should include interventions that generate new agricultural and non-farm income earning opportunities for small farmers and other rural poor and that provide pathways for exiting agriculture on the scale that may be required.

  2. Contribute to the design of transition policies and rural sector strategies, shortly before CAFTA goes into effect.