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WTO Services negotiations set to intensify

Original Publication Date: 
13 February, 2007
At a meeting of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services at the WTO on Friday 2 February, WTO members reiterated that services is central to the 'triangle' of issues on market access in agriculture and NAMA negotiations.

Not Under the Same Sky: Bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Original Publication Date: 
13 February, 2007
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.

Southern Africa: Balance between free market and state-run food security needed

Original Publication Date: 
13 February, 2007
Southern African countries have shown willingness to experiment with liberalising the agriculture sector, but food security experts feel that some form of government intervention is still required to prevent hunger in the region.

Need to reduce agri support for WTO talks to go forward

Original Publication Date: 
11 February, 2007
The prospects of forward movement in WTO talks seems bleak if developed countries do not give a clear commitment to drastically reduce their support to the farm sector.

Need to change the WTO rules on Green Box subsidies (3rd of 3 articles on Green Box)

Original Publication Date: 
8 February, 2007
New disciplines are urgently needed to restrict the developed countries' wrong use of Green Box subsidies that are presently permitted under WTO rules, otherwise these subsidies will continue to distort agricultural production and trade, at the expense of developing countries.

Green Box removal may reduce US, EU exports by 40-50% (2nd of 3 articles on the Green Box)

Original Publication Date: 
8 February, 2007
Green Box agricultural subsidies have boosted the agricultural exports and output of many developed countries (especially the United States and European Union states).

UNCTAD paper reveals distortions of Green Box subsidies (Article 1 of 3 articles)

Original Publication Date: 
8 February, 2007
The current efforts towards a breakthrough in the stalled Doha negotiations at the World Trade Organisation have focused firstly on getting the United States to make a new offer to put a maximum limit on its total 'trade-distorting' domestic support (TDS) in agriculture that is more acceptable than its previously announced offer.

Farmers’ Group Hit DA, DAR, DENR For Onerous RP-China Deals

Original Publication Date: 
7 February, 2007
The Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS), a network of farmer organizations and peasant support NGOs and individuals which campaigns

Protest at US embassy as Malaysia-US FTA talks proceed

Original Publication Date: 
6 February, 2007
As Malaysia and the US engaged in another round of bilateral talks to finalise a free trade agreement (FTA), a group of citizens staged a peaceful protest outside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

G33 defends position on SP and SSM

Original Publication Date: 
6 February, 2007
A number of G33 ministers present at Davos had issued a statement on behalf of the grouping emphasizing that any convergence on Special Products (SPs) and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) must not 'subvert the development goals and aspirations of the vast bulk of small, poor and vulnerable producers of developing countries.'

G-20 Criticizes U.S. Farm Bill Proposal, Calls for Doha Agriculture Deal by Summer

Original Publication Date: 
6 February, 2007
The Group of 20 developing country alliance has criticized the Bush administration's proposal for reforming U.S. farm subsidy programs, arguing that the changes would not lead to any real cuts in actual spending.

NAMA Group concludes four days of consultations

Original Publication Date: 
6 February, 2007
The WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-agricultural Products (NAMA) concluded on Thursday 25 January four days of consultations in different formats to advance the technical work in the negotiations. The consultations to advance technical work covered areas such as Ad Valorem Equivalents, Non-Tariff Barriers, Recently Acceded Members and sectorals.

Globalization bigger threat than global warming in worsening food shortage

Original Publication Date: 
5 February, 2007
Globalization, not global warming, is the bigger threat to the country

US FARM BILL 2007 - Setback for developing world as US will extend support to farmers?

Original Publication Date: 
4 February, 2007
Consistent with the game being played by developed countries, the US has begun the process of shifting its subsidies under Amber and Blue boxes to Green box through its 2007 Farm Bill proposals.

A NAMA Caucus

Original Publication Date: 
31 January, 2007
The chair of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations on nonagricultural market access Don Stephenson has created what he calls a NAMA caucus of some two dozen key World Trade Organization members to accelerate work on all core issues.

Thai Human Rights Commission attacks FTA with US

Original Publication Date: 
29 January, 2007
The free trade agreement that Thailand has been negotiating with the United States will violate the human rights of Thai people and affect the country's sovereignty; thus negotiations should not resume until a thorough review of its impact is undertaken.

Real progress needed on NTBs and sectorals, says NAMA Chair

Original Publication Date: 
29 January, 2007
The Chair of the WTO Negotiating Group on Market Access for Non-agricultural Products (NAMA), in his first open-ended consultations of the new year, encouraged members to work harder on  the issues of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and ‘sectorals’.

Nath’s offer of room on special products irks farmers

Original Publication Date: 
28 January, 2007
The issue of special safeguard mechanism (SSM) and special products (SPs) in agriculture has assumed importance in discussions for WTO talks resumption. This was after commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath

Demo Held against EU trade rules

Original Publication Date: 
24 January, 2007
Thousands of demonstrators yesterday paralysed operations of the European Union office in Nairobi accusing the trading bloc of exploiting African Countries.

African Ministers want to explore "all alternatives" in EPA talks

Original Publication Date: 
23 January, 2007
African Trade Ministers at their recent meeting in Addis