Competitive Potential of Romania’s High-Value Agrifood Products in External Trade

Mirela-Adriana RUSALI


High-natural value zones provide high-value agrifood products, typically produced in smallsizefarms; consequently, their production and marketing are important, both, as a catalyzer tomaintain and develop rural communities and as a source of multiple sustainable benefits incumbent onlocal economies and rural socio-economic development. The demand for these products in countrieswith different developing status is rapidly increasing along with income growth and diverse food andlife styles adopted by the consumers. The scientific endeavor of investigation the domestic potentialand evolution on the high-value agricultural market is useful to develop the strategy for increasingincomes of small-scale farmers to help them diversify from low-value unstable food into higher-valuesustainable supplies on long-term. Among such commodities are livestock, dairy products, horticultureproducts including fruit and vegetables, berries and spices, mushrooms, wine. The present studyfocuses on the Romania’s agricultural trade pattern and subsequent changes of the EU accessionimpact, analyzing dynamics and ranks in agrifood products sizes and values of the trade flows, bycomparing accession trends to the previous period. The main results provide assessments of thecompetitive potential on external markets expressed by Romania’s high-value agricultural products.


agriculture, competitiveness, foreign trade, high-value products

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