Viability of alternative frameworks for agricultural trade negotiations


This project will identify and examine new options for the negotiation of agreements on agriculture within the WTO that would: ‣ Be within the ‘precincts’ of WTO but outside the ‘single undertaking’ of Members ‣ Be more ambitious than the Agreements proposed in the Doha Round ‣ Cover a large proportion of the effective global agricultural market without a priori exceptions ‣ Introduce progressive, sustained reform of all markets with no more than marginal differentiation to account for specific adjustment problems (i.e. identified positive S&D) ‣ Be based on reciprocal and enforceable obligations possibly enforced through the WTO dispute settlement mechanism or a procedure aligned to the WTO DS procedures ‣ Include, potentially, agreements on any identified impediment to trade exchange including ‘trade facilitation’ impediments ‣ Not discriminate with respect to nonMembers of the Agreement possibly or, at a minimum, guarantee ‘no adverse impact’ on current rights for nonMembers


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

The University of Adelaide

Objective Summary

This project aims to identify viable alternatives to the current approach to agricultural trade negotiations in the hope that a way will be found to unblock progress and open the way to future economic development opportunities based on open market access and the reform of damaging subsidy policies.

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Project Start Date

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Project Completion Date

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues


Related publications


Viability of a Critical Mass Framework for Agricultural Trade Negotiations