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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.

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The Impact of Trade Policy on Food Security

Although international trade is only one of the factors affecting the food security of a country/socio-economic group/individual, its absolute importance is increasing. This is because world trade in food has grown extremely rapidly. World cereal imports in the mid-1990s, for example, were almost three times the level of those in the early 1960s.

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