Upcoming Research Seminar on Rice Markets and Trade – March 14th in Abuja

Please join us on March 14th in Abuja for the next installment of IFPRI Nigeria's Monthly Seminar Series. This month we are pleased to have Dr. Paul Dorosh, Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division, visiting from IFPRI Washington, he and the Program Leader, Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong will present their collaborative work on rice trade policy. In the seminar, titled "Rice Markets and Trade: An International Perspective," Dr. Dorosh and Dr. Gyimah-Brempong will discuss the effects of rice trade policy from an international perspective and take a look at how these trade policies perform in meeting the goal of self-sufficiency. For details and the full abstract, please see below.

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Source: IFPRI Nigeria

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Venue: IFDC/IFPRI Conference Room No 6/Plot 1413 Ogbagi Street Off Oro-Ago Crescent Cadastral Zone II, Garki, Abuja Nigeria (Near old CBN building and behind Union Homes)

RSVP: Email u.nischan@cgiar.org before the 13th of March.

We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.


Rice is probably the most widely produced and consumed cereal in the world; it is also probably the most traded cereal. Despite its dominance in the world trade of cereals, countries throughout the world have tried to achieve self-sufficiency by restricting imports of rice. What impacts do these trade restrictions have on the domestic and international markets for rice? Do restrictive trade policies lead to domestic self-sufficiency in rice? This research reviews the global evidence on the effects of trade policies on both international and domestic markets for rice and whether these polices lead to rice self-sufficiency. We find that, in general, highly restrictive trade policies do not lead to increased domestic rice self-sufficiency, but rather leads to distortions in world and domestic rice markets, mostly because these policies are difficult to implement. On the other hand, moderate trade restrictions may reduce rice imports and spur domestic production.

Dr. Paul Dorosh's Bio:

Paul A. Dorosh is the Division Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division. He was the Deputy Division Director of IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division from June 2010 to April 2011. From August 2008 through June 2010, he was an IFPRI Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader of the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program in Addis Ababa.

Paul worked at the World Bank from March 2003 to August 2008 as a Senior Economist with the Spatial and Local Development Team of the Finance, Economics and Urban Development Unit (2007-08) and Senior Rural Development Economist of the South Asia Rural and Agricultural Development Unit (2003-07). Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for IFPRI as a research fellow and senior research fellow from 1997 to February 2003, serving as Chief of Party of the Food Management and Research Support Project in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1997 to 2001. Other affiliations are: Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program in Washington, DC and Ithaca, New York, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria,

He has published research on agricultural markets, food policy, international trade, economy-wide modeling and the rural-urban transformation. He has lived and worked in Indonesia, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ethiopia and has also conducted research in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Niger, Madagascar, Mozambique, and various other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a Masters Degree and Doctorate Degree in Applied Economics from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University, USA.

Dr. Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong's Bio:

Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong is the Program Leader of IFPRI-NSSP and holds a PhD in Economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He has been a Professor of Economics at the University of South Florida in Tampa since August 1994, chairing the Department from August 2004 to August 2012. He was an Associate Professor and Professor of Economics at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio from 1988 to 1994 and an Assistant Professor at New College of the University of South Florida. From 2002 to 2004, he served as Economics Program Director at the National Science Foundation (USA).

Kwabena’s research focuses on issues of African economic development, economic analyses of crime and crime control, and efficiency in the provision of public services. Kwabena has published over 60 refereed articles in professional economic journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He has also published 10 book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of 3 journals, reviews for a large number of journals, and consults for several international organizations. Kwabena is a past President of both the National Economic Association and African Finance and Economics Association.