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Should Zambia ban food imports?

Graham Watson

15th April 2017

This BBC clip looks at Zambian economy's dilemma: the government wanted to protect its farmers and imposed restrictions on the import of foreign-produced fruit and vegetables. However, this contravenes international law and thus the restrictions have been repealed, to the detriment of farmers.

It shows how protectionism is a vexed issue - how it benefits a small, narrowly defined group but at the expense of a broader constituency who might be faced with price increases.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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