by: Sonny Africa
The World Trade Organization talks are now at a crucial stage and particularly threaten Southern agriculture and food sovereignty. The WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) reached at the end of the Uruguay Round has already gone far in opening up and destroying domestic agriculture sectors in its decade of implementation. The AoA being renegotiated during the current Doha Round, resumed in early 2007, aims to bring this destructive process even further forward. The Chair of the WTO’s agriculture negotiations, Ambassador Crawford Falconer of New Zealand, provided a paper in late April purportedly aimed at moving the agricultture talks forward. Its proposals however merely affirmed, once again, that the direction of the WTO’s AoA is towards the only kind of deal acceptable to the big Northern powers: one that benefits them at the expense of the already impoverished rural producers of the South.
by: Aziz Choudry
This publication is an initial report on the spread of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) throughout the Asia-Pacific and their impacts on agriculture and food sovereignty, in the context of the current state of play of the WTO, and the devastating legacy of agricultural liberalisation through World Bank/International Monetary Fund structural adjustment programmes.
by: Ros-b Guzman
The push for tariff reduction worldwide along with the pressure to eliminate production subsidies, which has been largely commanded by the World Trade Organization (WTO), has brought serious repercussions to the dominantly agrarian Asian economies. Across these countries, there have been unprecedented declines in agricultural tariffs and other nontariff barriers as well as production support as a result of their commitments to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA). Compounding the trend are the agreements being introduced either bilaterally or through the regional trade blocs, which are meant to ensure and fast-track the trade liberalisation that has been time and again derailed in the WTO negotiations....
From Seattle to Doha, Cancun to Hong Kong, and all points in between, World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations have failed to deliver as much as many of the corporations and governments which dominate the world's economy want. So the US and a number of other governments, urged on by their big business lobbies, have increasingly turned to bilateral free trade and investment agreements...