Binding the Hand that Feeds Them: The Agreement on Agriculture, Transnational Corporations and the Right to Adequate Food in Developing Countries

W. Shan, P. Simons, D. Singh (eds) Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2008), 399-427

30 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2013

See all articles by Penelope C. Simons

Penelope C. Simons

Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa

Date Written: May 1, 2008

Abstract

This chapter seeks to clarify the impact of the WTO agricultural trade regime and the related unregulated activities of transnational corporate actors on food security in developing states. It investigates the link between the structure of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, corporate concentration in agricultural markets and food insecurity in developing countries. It does this through an analysis of the right to adequate food, the key tenets of the current agricultural trade regime and related state practice and corporate activities. It concludes by considering proposals for reform in the current Doha Round of WTO negotiations, and the implications for the sovereignty of developing countries, in terms of national policy space to protect and develop their agriculture sector and the right to food.

Keywords: Agreement on Agriculture, Right to Food, Food Security, Transnational Corporations, Doha Round, WTO

JEL Classification: K20, K21, K29, K33, K40

Suggested Citation

Simons, Penelope C., Binding the Hand that Feeds Them: The Agreement on Agriculture, Transnational Corporations and the Right to Adequate Food in Developing Countries (May 1, 2008). W. Shan, P. Simons, D. Singh (eds) Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2008), 399-427. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2182330

Penelope C. Simons (Contact Author)

Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
92
Abstract Views
354
rank
278,345
PlumX Metrics