Delivering on Doha: Farm Trade and the Poor

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It is frequently asserted that agricultural liberalization by the United States, European Union, and other rich countries is the key to making the global trade negotiations launched in Doha, Qatar, in 2001 a "development round." Agricultural market liberalization is essential in achieving a successful Doha Round agreement because these are the most protected markets remaining in most rich countries. But the implications for developing countries, especially the poorest, are more complex than the current debate suggests. This volume examines the structure of agricultural support in rich countries and explores the challenges as well as opportunities that developing countries might face if the Doha Round succeeds in reforming OECD agriculture policies.
"How it is that a set of trade negotiations centered on agriculture has come to be viewed as a "development round" is one of the enduring mysteries of the world trade regime. Kim Elliott has done us all a service with this sober analysis. Elliott strips away the hype and documents the uncertainties and complexities of the likely consequences for poor nations." — Dani Rodrik, professor of international political economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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Foreign Affairs
Pessimists see the future of the world trading system hingingon a successful conclusion to the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. A successful conclusion in turn depends largely -- but not exclusively -- on the adequacy of offers by the rich countries to reduce subsidies for and tariffs on agricultural products. This short book, offering a clear exposition of both the domestic and the international dimensions, is quite timely, especially since the U.S. agricultural support system is up for renewal in 2007. Agricultural policy is full of complicated and obscure details, mostly devoted to transferring money from consumers and taxpayers to farmers, but the big picture presented here is that the economic gains from liberalizing agricultural trade are large; most farm supports go to rich farmers or corporations, not to the proverbial family farm; and developing countries are highly diverse, so that whereas some, such as Brazil, can benefit significantly from liberalizing agricultural trade, others, and especially the poor buyers of food within them, will lose. A deal is ultimately achievable only if it reflects the complexities of agricultural policies both within and between countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881323924
  • Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The problem : rich countries supporting rich farmers 13
3 Prospects for reform : lessons from US and European experience 35
4 Opportunities and challenges for developing countries 63
5 The devil in the Doha details 91
6 Delivering on Doha's promise 115
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