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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 Next Multilateral Agricultural Round

As noted, while the great achievement of the Uruguay Round was to bring temperate agriculture into the same broad framework of rules as other merchandise, the price was that substantial liberalisation of trade in the sector was deferred. The WTO members will soon turn their attention to this unfinished business.

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