Author Archives for Charlotte Hebebrand

Trade Can Ease Food Price Pressures

Posted by Charlotte Hebebrand on February 20th, 2008

There are a number of factors behind the drastic food and feed price increases - ranging from population and income growth in emerging economies to the biofuels boom. Sudden and significant rises in food costs impact in particular the poor in developing and least developed countries, who spend a great deal more of their income [...]

Change of heart on agricultural export subsidies?

Posted by Charlotte Hebebrand on November 27th, 2007

We have two comments on the news that the European Commission is conceding to demands for increased EU export subsidies for pig meat as a result of decreasing competitiveness due in part to higher feed costs.

Although EU officials have indicated that export subsidies have no place in the future Common Agricultural Policy regardless of the [...]

A Good Way to Support the US Rural Sector

Posted by Charlotte Hebebrand on May 18th, 2007

Given this year’s budget limitations, there is a great deal more wrangling over how funds should be distributed among the 2007 farm bill’s different titles. The biggest showdown is likely to be among those supporting a status quo for Title I commodity funding and those who would like to spend more money on programs such [...]