Ag Economist Topics

    This year's edition of A Look at Global Trade (ALAGT) examines 20 years' worth of data on Canadian ag-related export values to better understand the impact exchange rate changes has on those values.

    Martha Roberts, Economic Research Specialist, lists important strategies for Canadian exporters' success, discussed at the Conference Board of Canada 2015 Food and Drink Summit.

    Canada has the opportunity to grow its share of global trade due to increasing wealth in emerging market economies.

    As of Monday, October 5, Canada concluded negotiations as one of 12 partners in the most ambitious trade deal in history. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) founding members include: New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Singapore, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam and the U.S., Japan, Mexico, and Canada.

    A successful outcome to the current negotiations around a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) rests on the leadership of Japan and the United States. The U.S. and Japanese governments have held multiple bilateral meetings to find a way forward. And it was recently reported in the media that the gap between the two countries is narrowing. Over the last 30 years, information and communication technologies like sensors, GPS, WIFI, analytic software and the Internet have laid a foundation for an era of highly- automated, data-driven, precision agriculture.

    The World Bank projects that India will be the world's fastest growing economy by 2017. If true, it would surpass China, the poster child for economic growth for the last ten years. It's an impressive reversal of fortune for India, thanks in large part to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government

    How much do you know about Vietnam? Peru or Malaysia? Each is part of the current Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and while relatively small and unknown markets, they may prove to be valuable for Canadian agriculture and agri-food. Our recent Look at Global Trade provided an overview of the TPP; here are a few more facts on three of the smaller participants

    On October 20, 2014 The World Trade Organization (WTO) again ruled in favour of Canada and Mexico regarding the United States country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements. The ruling indicates that mandatory labels on meat packages identifying where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered were unfair.

    With the world’s third largest economy (behind the U.S. and China) and a population of nearly 128 million people, Japan represents a major opportunity for agricultural exporting countries.

    On Tuesday March 11, 2014, Canada and the South Korea announced a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This deal will once again make Canada competitive in a lucrative market.