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According to a report by the CEPII, the conclusion
of the Doha Round would have a negative impact
on the agricultural sector in several countries

14 November 2011

According to a report by the CEPII (French independent research institute into international economics), the conclusion of the Doha Round would have a negative impact on the agricultural sector in several countries.

According to the report published by the European Commission on 31st October, the conclusion of the Doha Round, based on a multilateral customs disarmament, somewhere between 50 to 70%, depending on the agricultural products, would be accompanied by a decrease of 0.7% of the European Union’s total agricultural value added1.

If the overall result is faintly positive (world exports would increase by $359 billion per year, or 0.2 points of additional growth), there are profound disparities at a regional level and in the sectors that demonstrate the dangers of such an agreement, particularly in the agricultural sector.

The United States should also expect a slight reduction in their agricultural value added, but the decline for countries that signed the European Free Trade agreement will be nearly 20%. The major beneficiaries at an agricultural level from a WTO agreement would be Australia, New Zealand, Canada and major emerging exporters such as Brazil and Argentina.

The study, which partly confirms the results presented by momagri in 20092, is particularly important at a time when G20 leaders are trying to heal the wounds of the economic crisis and Pascal Lamy has yet again recommended a conclusion Doha round as soon as possible.

The important underlying question, of increasing volatility in agricultural prices is not mentioned. Even though the Round’s conclusion on the basis proposed would lead to heightened volatility.

While experts believe that the UN will have to increase world agricultural production by 70% by 2050 to meet the needs of 9 billion people, raising a Round that poses such risks to a large number of farmers across the globe, obviously does not make sense.

1 http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2011/october/tradoc_148337.pdf
2 See « Far from Preventing it, a WTO Agreement on Agriculture Could Drive the World Straight to Protectionism! » : http://momagri.fr/UK/focus-on-issues/Far-from-Preventing-it-a-WTO-Agreement-on-Agriculture-Could-Drive-the-World-Straight-to-Protectionism-_465.html

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