WTO Ministerial

I haven’t been paying much attention up to now to the WTO meeting currently underway in Canc�n in Mexico. So I was pleased to read the various briefing papers prepared by my excellent friend and co-conspirator Raj Patel at FoodFirst, which patiently explain why the current proposals on liberalising trade in agricultural products spell disaster for small farmers in the developing world, and, partly for this reason, why this week’s talks are likely to collapse without an agreement.

His “Citizen’s Guide to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture”, written three weeks ago, is here, with updates tracking the twists and turns in the global agriculture negotiations in the run-up to Canc�n here, here, here and here.

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