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WTO negotiations and agricultural trade liberalization: the effect of developed countries' policies on developing countries.

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This book arises from a joint research project between the Food and Resource Economics Institute in Denmark and the Food Policy Research Institute in Washington. It analyses the effects of developed countries' agricultural policies on developing countries. The main focus is on food security, poverty and other topics such as multifunctionality, biotechnology and regional agreements, as an input to ...


Chapter 6 (Page no: 142)

Assessing the Harbinson draft on modalities in the WTO agriculture negotiations.

This chapter first describes the Harbinson draft proposals on market access, export competition, and domestic support. It then presents a preliminary evaluation of the economic consequences of the Harbinson draft proposals, as an input for the current World Trade Organization agricultural negotiations. The analysis clearly demonstrates that there are significant global, as well as national, income gains to be reaped from implementing the Harbinson draft proposals. The simulation shows that world trade in agricultural commodities could increase by 25% and the estimated real income gains constitute US$100 billion per year, which corresponds to twice the amount of official development assistance being disbursed to the developing countries. Put differently, the simulation shows that undertaking trade liberalization in agriculture has the potential to create economic benefits in developed and developing countries that vastly exceed the existing transfers from rich to poor countries.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 34) Review of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Author(s): Frandsen, S. E. Walter-Jørgensen, A.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 57) The Common Agricultural Policy in an enlarged Europe: bright or bleak prospects for Africa? Author(s): Gersfelt, B. Jensen, H. G.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 80) US agricultural policy: the 2002 farm bill and WTO Doha round proposals. Author(s): Orden, D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 103) The effects of domestic agricultural reforms and market access on trade and production in less developed countries. Author(s): Robinson, S. Thierfelder, K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 122) Potential coalitions and convergence in the Doha round. Author(s): Lind, K. M. Bjørnskov, C.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 162) Food security and the World Trade Organization: a typology of countries. Author(s): Diaz-Bonilla, E. Thomas, M. Robinson, S. Cattaneo, A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 184) A proposal for combating acute food shortages based on sub-Saharan African needs. Author(s): Lind, K. M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 207) Thinking inside the boxes: protection in the development and food security boxes versus investments in the green box. Author(s): Diaz-Bonilla, E. Diao, X. S. Robinson, S.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 235) That was then but this is now: multifunctionality in industry and agriculture. Author(s): Diaz-Bonilla, E. Tin, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 261) Trade in genetically modified food: promises and pitfalls for the poor. Author(s): Nielsen, C. P. Thierfelder, K. E.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 282) Is the Everything But Arms initiative the way to go for least developed countries in the WTO negotiations? Author(s): Yu WuSheng Jensen, T. V.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 310) New regionalism in the aftermath of Cancún: to the benefit or detriment of developing countries? Author(s): Nielsen, C. P.