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The effects of trade policy reforms on the agricultural sector of Sudan

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The agricultural sector of Sudan accounts for one-third of the GDP and employs about 60% of the labour force. Consequently, policy reform in this sector is likely to affect the majority of the population livelihood. The study evaluates the effects of the reforms on the sector using descriptive and quantitative techniques. Time series regression is conducted based on augmented production function framework. Our results have shown that the agricultural sector of Sudan has benefited from the trade policy reforms. The contribution of the sector to the GDP increased and agricultural export structure has changed in favour of the traditional sector due to efficiency gains. The study calls for completion of trade liberalisation reforms in particular removal of the remaining internal trade barriers.

Keywords: Sudan, agricultural sector, trade liberalisation, policy reform

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