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Farmers’ share of food chain value added

The declining farm share of value added in the food supply chain tells us nothing about the fairness of supply chain relationships.

The Energy Union package and agriculture

The Energy Union package sets out that key pieces of legislation determining how climate targets will impact on agriculture will be published in 2016.

The UK milk ‘crisis’ – fact or fiction?

The UK dairy sector is not in a state of crisis, but ongoing structural changes are controversial.

Why the poor EU response to higher grain prices?

It would seem important to gain a better understanding of why the EU’s supply response to higher world food prices has not matched that in Africa, let alone the rest ...

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has worked as a consultant to the European Parliament, the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.