EU-MED AGPOL Impacts of agricultural trade liberalization between the EU and Mediterranean countries



Institute for Agricultural Policy (IAP),
University of Bonn, Germany


Team Leader Wolfgang BRITZ

The IAP is an important German research institute in the field of agricultural economics focusing on the development of agricultural sector models and their application for policy consulting purposes at regional, national, and international level. The team developed over the last two decades a number of quantitative tools for impact analysis of agricultural policies at regional, national ; EU and world level, notably the RAUMIS, CAPSIM, CAPRI and WATSIM modelling tools.

The team at IAP has successfully co-ordinated the CAPRI project (FAIR-CT96-1849, which developed the CAPRI model to be used in this project.

Currently, the CAP-STRAT project (QLRT-2000-349, updates and validates CAPRI, again co-ordinated by the team in Bonn. CIHEAM/IAMM was a partner in both projects. The CAPRI model was recently used by the EU commission for an impact analysis of the Mid Term Review and provides projections for animal herds in the context of the Clean Air for Europe Program.

In the mid 1990s, IAP supported the FAO in its URA impact analysis based on the World Food Model. In 2002, IAP provided input for a trade liberalization study by OECD regarding tariff rate quotas, and currently IAP assists the FAO in the development of the @2030 modeling system.

Dr. Wolfgang Britz scientifically co-ordinates the CAPRI activities, and heads the team in Bonn, supported by Mr. Hans-Josef Greuel, a senior expert in software development and DBMS-Systems. Dr. Britz also holds a position as temporary professor at the University of Bloemfontein, South Africa, where he provides support in research and teaching relating to quantitative analysis.