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.




A major achievement of the Uruguay Round was the establishment of a universal framework for trade in agriculture, which means agricultural producers, exporters and trade negotiators now have a framework to work with. However, a lot remains to be done in order to bring trade in agriculture firmly within the rules of the multilateral trading system. This includes work related to further clarification of the rules governing agricultural trade and the removal of perceived asymmetries in the current agreement.


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