The Potato case
International trade is highly complex and volatile. Especially primary producers, the farmers, are exposed to risks and are often affected by market disruptions and policy decisions. For instance the “full embargo” that Russia imposed on food imports from the EU, US and some other Western countries, primarily affected fruit and vegetable producers, with fruit and vegetable prices falling steadily since the ban.
Opening up the trade system, providing more insight and better information, could offer just resistance to unjust barriers. This challenge offers key data from the Dutch electronic certification system, focused on potatoes. Expert support present at the hackathon to help you deep dive into the potato case!
The problem to be addressed
International trade is highly complex and volatile. Especially primary producers, the farmers, are exposed to risks and are often affected by market disruptions and policy decisions. An interesting case will be put forward to illustrate the benefits of open trade to farmers, local communities and traders alike.
The challenge evolves around using available data to detect barriers to trade, define these barriers and find solutions for them. To progress towards more open trade, it is necessary to gain better insights in when, where and how barriers to trade arise, and which specific trade requirements surfaced in specific instances.
Using two key data sources, we will try to gain insight into export of a certain product, or the lack thereof, and indicate what are the enabling or limiting factors behind it. We are thinking of visualization for a specific product (for instance the potato).
- Export data on potato’s, vegetables and fruit to countries outside of the EU that require quality or phytosanitary certificates.
- All requirements and coverages set in place by countries outside of the EU regarding import of specific products.
Inspiration and relevant links
- Client Export (The Client Export system is able to produce electronic certificates (XML in the UN-CEFACT-standard).
- www.dutch-food-export.nl (a hack from Hack Food Waste hackathon)
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