WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support

Seeking A Fair Basis for Trade

David Orden, David Blandford and Tim Josling, editors

When the World Trade Organization (WTO) was created in 1995, its members committed themselves to a set of disciplines for domestic support, market access, and export competition for agriculture. The Agreement on Agriculture laid the way for the pursuit of progressive reductions in world agricultural market distortions. Its supporters hoped the new rules and commitments would encourage countries to move domestic farm policies in a less trade-distorting direction.

This body of work examines the Agreement’s domestic support disciplines and their potential strengthening under the as-yet unfinished Doha Round negotiations. The analysis focuses on four developed countries (the United States, the European Union [as a single “country”], Japan, and Norway) and four developing countries (Brazil, China, India, and the Philippines).

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Research Brief

WTO disciplines on agricultural support

Chapter updates

WTO disciplines on agricultural support update: Philippines WTO Domestic Support Notification - April 2013

WTO disciplines on agricultural support update: Evaluation of Japanese agricultural policy reforms under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture - June 2012

WTO disciplines on agricultural support update: A comparison of India's WTO domestic support notifications with shadow measurements - April 2012

IFPRI Policy Seminar

Agricultural Support in Doha and Beyond: Experience to Date and Assessment - June 2011

Related Events

Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges (2011 WTO Public Forum) - September 23, 2011

WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support - April 6, 2010

Understanding WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Domestic Support (2009 WTO Public Forum) - September 29, 2009

Reviews

WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support in European Journal of Agricultural Economics

Review of WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support in World Trade Review

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WTO Doha Round: Implications for U.S. Agriculture