Agriculture Programme Publications

2009


Agriculture Programme
9th December 2009 Danish TextA draft political agreement that was leaked by Lumumba Di-Aping, a Sudanese chairman of the G77, during the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit.
30th November 2009 G20 Ministerial CommuniqueThe G20’s statement on the centrality of Agricultural trade noted that developing countries do not have that “the means to afford stimulus packages or bail-out programmes,” and are likely to be “disproportionately affected and bear the consequences of any erosion of confidence in the stability of the multilateral trading system.”
30th November 2009 Declaration Of The Informal Group Of Developing CountriesThe Informal Group of Developing Countries, composed of many former G110 members, statement also opposes “any form of selective re-sequencing of issues, or reopening of stabilized parts of the draft modalities,” and stresses “that the negotiations must preserve and build on progress achieved in the last 8 years.”
30th November 2009 G10 CommuniqueThe G10 issued a statement emphasizing “that any selective reopening of stabalised areas of the draft modalities text would lead to unravelling of the delicate balance after eight years of negotiations.”
19th November 2009 Historical take on agricultural policyProf. Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge University, reviews the agricultural policies of series of developed and developing economies to determine the roles that governments have played in shaping their agricultural sectors. He finds that policies that were instrumental for the growth of developed countries are not part of the ‘tool box’ available to current development policy practitioners…
9th November 2009 Evolving Structure of World Agricultural Trade and Requirements for New World Trade RulesThe recent world food crisis of 2007-08 alerted the world and policy makers to the fact that global agricultural productivity growth has been slowing down, and highlighted the fact that current national agricultural trade policies and the current world trade rules as agreed in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture may not be…
6th February 2009 G-33 Proposal on the Treatment of SSM provided to the SVEsThese 2 (two) documents have been sent to the COA-SS Chair as well as to the WTO Secretariat - both (the covering letter attached together with the proposal) to be circulated to the WTO Membership as an official WTO Document (G-33 Communication) — The G-33 takes note of documents TN/AG/W/4/Rev.4 and TN/AG/W/7 prepared by Chairman Falconer. The…
4th February 2009 Congressional Research Service : Agriculture and Food Provisions in the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package (US)The US Congressional Research Service produced a report looking at the 2009 economic stimulus bill. According to the exerpt below, the allocation for agriculture is $27 billion with 92 percent going to food stamps. Download the report for more details. Agriculture programs, including nutrition assistance, rural development, and conservation, would receive about $27 billion of the $825…
3rd February 2009 Agricultural Export RestrictionsIPC Policy Focus and IPC Position Paper on Agricultural Export Restrictions: Welfare Implications and Trade Disciplines by Siddhartha Mitra and Tim Josling are attached.
28th January 2009 Cairns Group Ambassadors call on EU to reverse recent decision on export subsidiesCairns Group Ambassadors call on EU to reverse recent decision on export subsidies The Cairns Group is deeply concerned by the recent decision by the EU to reintroduce export refunds for a number of agricultural products. Export subsidies are a seriously damaging form of trade-distorting support measures and the Cairns Group has campaigned relentlessly for their…
13th January 2009 How the current proposals on the SSM in the Doha Impasse Matter for Developing Country ExportersPrepared by: Harry de Gorter, Cornell University Erika Kliauga, Cornell University Andre Nassar, ICONE