A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Nairobi Ministerial Conference:
the end of the Doha Round?

October 5, 2015

Wishful thinking... the manner by which the WTO’s public forum obtained its “trade works” mantra for this year. The WTO hopes this will be a self-fulfilling prophecy as a way of overlooking the successive failures of its Ministerial Conferences since 2003. The 10th Ministerial Conference to be held from 15-18 December in Nairobi could be the beginning of the end of the Doha Round initiated 14 years ago.

Indeed, there is currently no sign to suggest that Nairobi will be able to conclude the Doha Round, quite the contrary. The WTO is looking to further minimize the real risk of another failure in Kenya, with no clear and precise course for the way forward and up until late July, still no agreement on a work program for outstanding issues. Roberto Azevedo WTO Director General also seems doubtful, “it seems to me that we have not yet found solutions that can bridge the gaps in most problematic areas” he declared during a full member meeting on 17th September, as it happens, the chances for progress in agriculture, probably one of the most strategic and difficult dossiers in the context of the Doha Round. One of the sticking points of this dossier, which divides industrialized and developing countries, particularly concerning the demand for easing rules on agricultural subsidies and the exclusion from the AMS/amber box calculation for public procurement intended for domestic food aid. For the moment, only a compromise on export competitiveness in this area can be expected in Nairobi.

The WTO’s persistence to save the Doha Round from failure, against a backdrop of the increasing liberalization of agricultural trade on behalf of a multilateralist ideology, is not only ineffective but also harmful. Finally, the fact that negotiations falter on agriculture is indicative of this sector’s strategic importance for all countries of the world, be they developed or developing. These countries are indeed less and less willing to sacrifice their agricultural interests in favour of the conclusion of a WTO agreement or a free trade agreement.

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