WTO negotiations on agriculture and developing countries

Anwarul Hoda, Ashok Gulati

Lack of progress toward establishing a fair and harmonious agricultural trading system has plagued the World Trade Organization's Doha Round of trade talks. Because the results of the Doha Round could have far-reaching implications for the trade and economic prospects of developing countries, the trade community requires an authoritative analysis of the rules and modalities of the negotiations. This book, coauthored by an insider to the trade talks that led to the establishment of the WTO, fills this gap.

The book offers a detailed analysis of the provisions of the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture and the modalities of the negotiations. It examines the implementation experience of key members of the WTO and then traces developments in the negotiations up to the recent impasse. In light of these considerations, and on the basis of a case study of India, the authors propose the elements of a negotiating position and strategy for developing countries.

The authors offer tough but realistic recommendations regarding tariffs, market access, treatment of sensitive or special products, and other aspects of international trade. This book will be of particular interest to researchers and practitioners as well as students seeking an in-depth knowledge of the recent history of agricultural trade talks.