Evaluation of a “Critical Mass” agreement on agriculture

The stalemate in Geneva on the December 2013 Bali Agreement concerning both Trade Faciliation and agriculture subsidies has revived some interest in the potential for a plurilateral agreement on Agriculture among WTO members.

I attach to this brief post a pre-print of the summary that Andy Stoler and I wrote for the journal Global Governance (2009) of our study evaluating such a critical mass agreement.

The full evaluation report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, containing the tables of reports from the UNCTAD ATPSM model that I used for the quantitative estimates is available here.

One Comment

  • While any agreement might sem better than none, the sordid facts of the matter are that both the United States and to a maybe even greater extent the European Union are stonewalling all attempts (and in doing so effectively starving the third world) to reach agreements. The problem is that without them the majority of agricultural yields would be out of bounds of any agreement and thus the agreement might look nice on paper but have very little effect.

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