Issues in Agricultural Trade Policy

Proceedings of the 2014 OECD Global Forum on Agriculture

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This book brings together a collection of papers prepared for the Global Forum on Agriculture that took place at the OECD in December 2014. It reviews current knowledge about agricultural policy and agricultural trade policy settings, and questions its pertinence in light of the profound market and structural changes that have been taking place in the global agro-food sector in recent decades. It aims to inform and assist policy-makers and negotiators as they seek to overcome the problems that have made the agricultural pillar of the Doha Agenda trade negotiations particularly difficult. The data and analysis presented cover OECD countries and major G20 and emerging economies that account for the great bulk of global food production, consumption and trade.



Current domestic policy settings in the context of past and potential international agreements

This chapter considers what is allowed or required under the rules and commitments of the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) of the WTO and what could be allowed or required under the rules and commitments of an agreement corresponding to the draft modalities arrived at in 2008 under the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) of the WTO. The chapter also discusses some issues not addressed in the AoA or the draft modalities but which have come to the fore in the years since, such as at the 2013 WTO Ministerial conference. The purpose is to help to assess the pertinence of the draft modalities for the continued negotiations in agriculture.


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