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FAQ

  1. What is AGMEMOD?
  2. Which countries have been already included in the model?
  3. What kind of results shows AGMEMOD?
  4. What software is used by AGMEMOD?
  5. What is the general structure of AGMEMOD?
  6. What is meant with the flexibility in AGMEMOD?
  7. How can I learn more about AGMEMOD?
  8. I am an agricultural economist and I would like to use the model for my country, what shall I do?
  9. I work for the government in my country and I want to know the effect of policies in place or of alternative agricultural policies in my country, can I use AGMEMOD for this?
  10. Why is a country team required for an effective work with AGMEMOD?
  11. Where can I find the most recent results of the EU Outlook for all member states?

1. What is AGMEMOD?
AGMEMOD is an dynamic, multi-product, partial equilibrium model for the countries included in the model. AGMEMOD is used for agricultural economic studies as well as for policy advice for agricultural ministries in diverse countries.

2. Which countries have been already included in the model?
AGMEMOD has country models included for: EU, its Member States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Belarus, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iceland, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Rwanda, Russia, Serbia, Tanzania, Ukraine, Uganda and United Kingdom.

Please be aware that not all models are regularly updated. The country teams are responsible for updating and including new data/products in the country models.

3. What kind of results shows AGMEMOD?
AGMEMOD generates projections and simulations, year by year, to a 10-year horizon, for the main agriculture commodities, supply balance variables and market prices.

4. What software is used by AGMEMOD?
AGMEMOD is operated through its own GUI (Graphical user interface). AGMEMOD is solved by GAMS. However, input files such as data input and equation specification are set up in Excel. Additionally, it is possible to estimate equations with R.

5. What is the general structure of AGMEMOD?
AGMEMOD has its own databases and equations per country according to a general template, set up and specification between the different variables. The model is run jointly by running all countries (or a selection of them).

6. What is meant with the flexibility in AGMEMOD?
Each country teams decides which products and markets are important for their country and based on that the products from two different countries can differ considerably. For example, in Italy the production of tomato is modelled, but not in Sweden.

However, the AGMEMOD system solves all EU countries, accession and other countries simultaneously.

7. How can I learn more about AGMEMOD?
The AGMEMOD team provides training courses each year. They last approximately one week. This is a good start to get to know AGMEMOD. If you are interested in a training course please contact the AGMEMOD Consortium.

8. I am an agricultural economist and I would like to use the model for my country, what shall I do?
Please contact the AGMEMOD Consortium to ask for more details.

If your country has been already included in the AGMEMOD Partnership, we will get you in touch with the AGMEMOD team in your country.

If your country has not been included in the AGMEMOD Partnership, we will provide assistance on the required steps to be part of the AGMEMOD Partnership.

9. I work for the government in my country and I want to know the effect of policies in place or of alternative agricultural policies in my country, can I use AGMEMOD for this?
AGMEMOD is a suitable tool for evaluating ex post effects of a current policy for the coming 10 years and also to evaluate effects of alternative policies that are still not in place. However, the maintenance and the needed regularly update of the AGMEMOD database and of the country model can be only achieved by a country team.

10. Why is a country team required for an effective work with AGMEMOD?
The AGMEMOD model is complex. Its use requires in-depth expertise in different areas of the agricultural sector to provide accurate results. Ideally, the country team is comprised by a) an agricultural economist, who is responsible of updating the econometric equations of the model; b) a statistician who is responsible for updating the database of the model, and c) a person working in the agricultural ministry who is responsible for providing the information on the budgets allocated for the support in the agricultural sector.

In some countries the AGMEMOD team comprises only two of the three required members, in some other countries there are more than only three collaborators in the team.

11. Where can I find the most recent results of the EU Outlook for all member states?
The results are published by the EU in two aggregates (EU15 and EU13) under this Link.
The results at member state level are here.