Agricultural Trade Reform Under the Doha Agenda: Some Key Issues

16 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2008

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Will J. Martin

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

Abstract

A successful agreement on agriculture is essential for an overall agreement under the WTO's Doha trade negotiations. Reaching agreement has been difficult, and as of August 2007, much still remains to be done if a successful agreement is to be reached. We consider three of the most controversial areas of the agricultural negotiations: the relative importance of domestic support, market access and export; three market access issues of sensitive-product exceptions sought for all countries and, the additional special product exceptions sought for developing countries, the proposed special safeguard mechanism; and the domestic support issue. We show that decisions made on reform in these areas will have a critical influence on whether the negotiations achieve their objectives of promoting trade reform and reducing poverty.

Suggested Citation

Martin, William J. and Anderson, Kym, Agricultural Trade Reform Under the Doha Agenda: Some Key Issues. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 1-16, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1088503 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8489.2008.00404.x

William J. Martin (Contact Author)

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Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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