The WTO Agreement on Agriculture and Food Security

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This report deals with an area of overlap between two large areas of study: on livelihoods and food security, and on international trade and policy. Whilst it concentrates on one small element of each of these broad areas (and so ignores many questions), it does so for a good reason. This is to avoid the danger that the upcoming WTO agricultural negotiations fail to contribute as strongly as they might to the promotion of food security precisely because the two areas of work and study overlap only at the margins.




The main conclusion of the study is that it should be possible to reconcile the objective of international agricultural liberalisation with the pursuit of effective food security policies in developing countries, but that this will require an explicit effort to achieve. The URAA laid foundations for common rules to international trade that are likely to be built upon in the next Round beginning in the year 2000. Whilst the outcome of these negotiations is a matter of speculation, there are reasons to expect that decisions taken in the area of export subsidies, market access and domestic subsidies could have implications for desirable food security policies.


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