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CAB Review

The emerging structure of global agricultural trade in the aftermath of the Doha Round.


The main goal of the Doha Round was to reduce and gradually eliminate trade barriers on agricultural trade that are damaging for developing countries. The Doha Round was therefore referred to as the 'Development Round', but it eventually encountered a stalemate that was primarily due to difficulties in reaching the agreement on agricultural trade. There are considerable disagreements on the reasons for the stalemate of the negotiations and on the resulting impact on the least developed countries (LDCs). This article provides an overview of the negotiations in this round and discusses the reasons for the difficulties that the negotiations encountered as well as the different opinions on the resulting impact on the LDCs; the conclusion offers an evaluation of the emerging structure of agricultural production and trade in the developing countries in the aftermath of the Doha Round.