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Food Security and International Agricultural Trade: Old Problems, New Perspectives

SMITH, F; (2012) Food Security and International Agricultural Trade: Old Problems, New Perspectives. In: McMahon, JA and Desta, MG, (eds.) Handbook on International Agricultural Trade. (45 - 69). Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

How can the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) rules on international agricultural trade address food security more effectively? This is a question taxing trade negotiators, policy officials outside the WTO and many eminent academic commentators. There is such a wealth of institutional literature and academic commentary advocating changes to the WTO’s international agricultural trade rules beyond those in the Doha Draft Modalities for Agriculture that it is easy to get swept along with the strong impetus for fundamental change. This article urges caution and that changing the international rules may not improve food security at all.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Food Security and International Agricultural Trade: Old Problems, New Perspectives
ISBN-13: 9781848441163
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.e-elgar.com/bookentry_main.lasso?id=133...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012 Edward Elgar. Full text of this chapter is included in UCL Discovery with permission from the publisher, for personal use only
Keywords: food security, agriculture, development, net-food importing developing countries, export subsidies, Green box, WTO
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1307200
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