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Agricultural Export Subsidies and Developing Countries' Interests
Agricultural Export Subsidies and Developing Countries' Interests

Agricultural Export Subsidies and Developing Countries' Interests

Economic Paper

68 Pages, 6.25 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $42.95 (US $42.95)

Publication Date: January 2004

ISBN 9780850928112

Rights: US & CA

Commonwealth Secretariat (Jan 2004)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.
 

Overview

A new impetus has been given to faltering WTO trade discussions by the recent EU mandate supporting the liberalisation of agricultural trade policies and removal of export subsidies on agricultural products, within an environment in which all countries start reforming their trade policies.Until now, discussions have centred on agriculture in general, rather than at specific commodity level. This paper rises to the challenge laid down by the EU in identifying the specific commodities for which developing countries would gain benefit in any subsequent reforms. The paper outlines the nature of export subsidies. It discusses the effect of reform on developing countries, indicating the scale of any changes. The policy implications of removing agricultural support in the EU are given and the consequences for net food exporting and importing countries examined. Finally, the impact of EU agricultural policy reform on other policies, such as the Protocols of the Lome Convention are considered.