Monthly Archives: February 2008

WTO agriculture proposals probably fall short of substantial improvements

After six years of nego­ti­a­tion, the lat­est com­pro­mise from the Chair of the nego­ti­at­ing group is a com­plex pack­age whose main strengths are that it includes ‘across the board’ cuts in bound rates of duty on agri­cul­tur­al imports and an effec­tive elim­i­na­tion of export sub­si­dies. Still, bor­der bar­ri­ers are so high that these cuts look unlike­ly to bring about the ‘sub­stan­tial improve­ments in mar­ket access’ gov­ern­ments pro­posed in 2001 and the pro­pos­al even takes some back­ward steps. The breadth of excep­tions it includes, espe­cial­ly for devel­op­ing coun­tries, sug­gests it will not help the poor­est coun­tries. It will prob­a­bly make no dif­fer­ence to planned pro­duc­tion sup­port lev­els in the USA and EC.

World Climate Report

Low­er-atmos­phere tem­per­a­tures have not increased in 7 years and 2008 has start­ed with a cool­ing trend

IMF Data Mapper

Click to see a larger imageTrade data sets are large and often dif­fi­cult to inter­pret. Sim­pli­fy­ing the data and show­ing pol­i­cy-rel­e­vant rela­tion­ships is impor­tant. The new IMF Data Map­per is a bril­liant new on-line tool for doing just that

Click the thumb­nail image to see an exam­ple map.