Some Suggestions for Modalities in Agriculture Negotiations Bhagirath Lal Das

This paper is aimed at correcting the current serious imbalances and deficiencies in the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture. The author puts forward a set of proposals for the ongoing negotiations on Agriculture in WTO. These proposals intend to help developing countries develop a more balanced set of elements for the guidelines that are being worked out in the current negotiations. agriculture_negotiations (Download the full text in PDF format)

IMF Loan to Uruguay: To save or to enslave? Ranja Sengupta

On 25 August in 2002, Uruguay's 177th year of independence, 70,000 people protested on the streets of Montevideo. The protestors raised slogans against unemployment, the continuing agricultural recession and the financial crisis. Their ultimate protest was against government policies that blindly pursue IMF conditions, and which have resulted in complete dependence on the IMF and an inability to break away from the stranglehold of the US. Strikes and protest marches, fuelled by the economic decline and banking difficulties, have become an increasingly common sight in Montevideo. Following in the footsteps of its Latin neighbours Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay has been…

US Farm Bill 2002: Its implications for world agricultural markets Sabyasachi Mitra

The US Senate and House members recently agreed on a six-year farm bill that would increase subsidy payments and benefit mainly the country's biggest grain and cotton farmers. While claiming to promote free trade through the WTO, the US and EU have been protecting their farmers with subsidies that are "non-violative" because they are ostensibly non-trade distorting. US_Farm_Bill (Download the full text in PDF format)