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.



Trade Policies

Chapter 4 illustrates that food security policies encompass a wide range of actions, many of which might be affected directly or indirectly by trade liberalisation. The ways in which agricultural trade has been distorted in the past, and may well be liberalised in the future, have been explained in Chapter 3. The present section links these two sets of information.


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