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An Overview Assessment of the Revised Draft WTO Modalities for Agriculture

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June 2008l ICTSD Programme on Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development
An Overview Assessment of the Revised Draft WTO
Modalities for Agriculture
By Mike Gifford,
Former Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator for Canada; member of the IPC
and
Raul Montemayor,
President, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc. of the Philippines; member of the IPC
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Mike Gi\ue000ord and Raul Montemayor - An Overview Assessment of the Revised Draft WTO Modalities for
Agriculture
Published by

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
International Environment House 2
7 chemin de Balexert, 1219 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 8492

Fax: +41 22 917 8093
E-mail: ictsd@ictsd.ch
Internet: www.ictsd.org
Chief Executive:
Ricardo Mel\u00e9ndez-Ortiz
Programmes Director:
Christophe Bellmann
Programme Team:
Jonathan Hepburn, Marie Chamay and Ammad Bahalim
Acknowledgements:

This paper has been produced jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council (IPC) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). ICTSD, IPC and IFPRI wish gratefully to acknowledge the authors of the paper, Mike Gifford and Raul Montemayor, and comments from Charlotte Hebebrand, David Orden and participants who attended a multi-stakeholder dialogue in March 2008.

For more information about ICTSD\u2019s programme on agricultural trade and sustainable development, visit
our website at www.ictsd.org
ICTSD welcomes feedback and comments on this document. These can be forwarded to: jhepburn@ictsd.
ch
Citation: Gifford, M, and Montemayor, R (2008). An Overview Assessment of the Revised Draft WTO Modalities
for Agriculture. International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland.
Copyright ICTSD, IPC and IFPRI 2008. Readers are encouraged to quote and reproduce this material for
educational, non-pro\ufb01t purposes, provided the source is acknowledged.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No-Derivative Works 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily re\ufb02ect the views
of ICTSD, IPC and IFPRI or the funding institutions.
ISSN 1887-3551
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ICTSD Programme on Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development
CONTENTS
1.
Introduction
2.
The main parameters of the prospective deal
3.
Ambition

i). Export competition
ii). Domestic support
iii). Market access

(1) Special agricultural safeguard
(2) Other market access provisions
4.

Exceptional provisions for developing countries
i). Special products
ii). Special safeguard mechanism

5.
Impacts and balances among the three pillars
6.
Do the modalities fully take into account the needs of developing
countries and the least-developed?
7.
Ministerial decisions
8.

What other issues need to be resolved before there is agreement on
a final package?
i). Reform continuation
ii). Peace clause
iii). Geographical indications
v). Aid for trade
vi). Ethanol subsidies
vii). The need for an effective verification process

9.
Trade-offs between agriculture and the rest of the Doha Round
negotiations

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