Jun 13, 2008

WTO Agriculture Talks Postponed

We thought that time was running out (and that agriculture was coming together nicely). But this report out of India suggests that the next round of talks has had to be postponed.

Protecting poor farmers in developing countries against cheap farm imports in the ongoing Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is proving to be a bone of contention between developed and developing countries. The committee of agriculture (CoA) chairman Crawford Falconer has been forced to postpone the next meeting of the agriculture negotiations scheduled later this week as a common ground on the issue, as well as others including tropical products, remains elusive. He hopes to hold the meeting in the middle of next week.