Policy Brief 7, April 2007

The Development Dimension of the Agriculture Negotiations.

In view of the role of agriculture in the social and economic development of developing countries and their experience implementing rules and liberalization commitments related to agricultural trade, the need to redefine the boundaries of the development dimension in multilateral rules governing agricultural trade has emerged.

Many developing countries view their development prospects adversely affected by multilateral negotiations on agriculture and their outcomes. This belief is rooted in the perception that these have resulted in painful concessions for developing countries while at the same time, not effectively advancing agriculture reform towards a fairer and more equitable global trading system.

This Policy Brief identifies the development concern underlying in proposals and positions presented by developing countries in the WTO negotiations. These would have to be addressed, as a result of the ongoing Doha Round, in order to advance agriculture reform towards a more fair and equitable global trading system.

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