Viability of a Critical Mass Framework for Agricultural Trade Negotiations

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This report is about finding a better way to conduct negotiations on international trade in agriculture. In the current Doha Round negotiations, the modalities for the agriculture negotiations were to have been agreed in 2003. At the close of 2009, there is still no agreement on what has grown to be 123 pages of draft modalities. We think there has to be a better way to negotiate agriculture and we believe we have identified an approach – based on the so-called “critical mass” concept – that would be a better way to negotiate agriculture in the future.

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