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Opening up of agri markets may harm developing nations

Original Publication Date: 
25 February, 2007
WTO director general Pascal Lamy recently admitted that US, the European Union and India are close to a compromise that would break the deadlock in WTO negotiations.

Indonesia to share bird-flu samples only if there is new system

Original Publication Date: 
22 February, 2007
The Indonesian Health Minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, has maintained that Indonesia will continue withholding its bird flu virus samples from foreign laboratories until there is a new global mechanism for virus sharing that has better terms for developing countries.

Indonesia's move on bird flu samples highlights key access issues

Original Publication Date: 
22 February, 2007
The reluctance of Indonesia to freely provide bird flu samples to the World Health Organisation because of the fear that commercial companies would obtain them to develop patented products is understandable, since samples of other viruses given to WHO have previously been used by corporations to obtain patents

Farmers and fishers disrupt Lamy’s meeting with business

Original Publication Date: 
22 February, 2007
Vowing to let Pascal Lamy hear the loud cries of poor sectors, farmers and fishers gate crashed and disrupted a meeting today organized by Philippine business with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy.

U.S. Farmers Link with Farmers Around the World on Farm Policy

Original Publication Date: 
21 February, 2007
Sixty farm, faith, consumer, environmental, development and rural advocacy organizations today declared the current U.S. agricultural trade model

TRIPS/CBD, enforcement dominate talks at TRIPS Council

Original Publication Date: 
20 February, 2007
The relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity and the issue of enforcement of TRIPS provisions dominated the discussions at a meeting of the TRIPS Council on Tuesday 13 February.

Political compulsions keep SAARC, SAFTA?from growing?

Original Publication Date: 
18 February, 2007
How far the developing countries will be able to carry on with the least developed ones, by giving them more concessions will determine which way South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) goes.

WHO DG regrets her reported remarks on Thai compulsory licenses

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14 February, 2007
The Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Margaret Chan, has sent a letter to Thailand's Health Minister expressing regret for the embarrassment caused to his government by remarks she was reported to have made in Bangkok that were critical of the compulsory licenses granted by the government for three medicines.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

NAMA Group concludes four days of consultations

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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.

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.

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.