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Need for Equity and Justice in the Rules on Agricultural Subsidies

The WTO's Bali Ministerial and Food Security

The following is a report that has drawn upon discussions in two Expert Group Meetings on the Multilateral Trading System organised by the South Centre. This is one section of a larger integrated report on issues that are of concern to developing countries in the preparation of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali in December 2013. The food security issue linked to public stockholding in the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture is one of the key issues being negotiated. It has major implications for food security and agriculture in developing countries. The experts who attended one or both of the meetings include Rubens Ricupero, S Narayanan, Ali Mchumo, Li Enheng, Carlos Correa, Deepak Nayyar, Nathan Irumba, Yilmaz Akyuz and Chakravarthi Raghavan.

The following is a report that has drawn upon discussions in two Expert Group Meetings on the Multilateral Trading System organised by the South Centre. This is one section of a larger integrated report on issues that are of concern to developing countries in the preparation of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali in December 2013.

The food security issue linked to public stockholding in the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture is one of the key issues being negotiated. It has major implications for food security and agriculture in developing countries.

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