WTO disciplines on agricultural support

Seeking a fair basis for trade

David Orden, ed., David Blandford, ed., Tim Josling, ed.
2011
"Farm support is contentious in international negotiations. This in-depth assessment of the legal compliance and economic evaluation issues raised by the WTO Agreement on Agriculture presents consistent support data and forward-looking projections for eight developed and developing countries (EU, US, Japan, Norway, Brazil, China, India, Philippines), using original estimates where official notifications are not available. Variations over time in notified support in some cases reflect real policy changes; others merely reflect shifts in how countries represent their measures. The stalled Doha negotiations presage significantly tighter constraints for developed countries that provide the highest support, but loopholes will persist. Developing countries face fewer constraints and their trade-distorting farm support can rise. Pressure points and key remaining issues if a Doha agreement is reached are evaluated. Vigilant monitoring for compliance of farm support with WTO commitments will be required to lessen its negative consequences whether or not the Doha Round is concluded"-- Provided by publisher.;
CONTENTS: Part I. Overview of Domestic Support Issues and WTO Rules: 1. Introduction / David Orden, David Blandford and Tim Josling; 2. The WTO disciplines on domestic support / Lars Brink -- Part II. Developed Countries: Have High Levels of Support Come Down?: 3. European Union / Tim Josling and Alan Swinbank; 4. United States / David Blandford and David Orden; 5. Japan / Yoshihisa Godo and Daisuke Takahashi; 6. Norway / Ivar Gaasland, Roberto Garcia and Erling Vårdal -- Part III. Developing Countries: Will Low Levels of Support Rise?: 7. Brazil / André Nassar; 8. India / Munisamy Gopinath; 9. China / Fuzhi Cheng; 10. Philippines / Caesar B. Cororaton -- Part IV. Looking Forward: Can Fair Markets Be Achieved?: 11. The difficult task of disciplining domestic support / David Orden, David Blandford and Tim Josling -- Appendix A. Domestic support provisions of the Agreement on Agriculture -- Appendix B. Domestic support provisions of the Doha draft modalities.