Negotiating Liberalization of Trade in Agriculture for Development

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Agriculture is both an important and sensitive sector in all countries. Negotiations on liberalizing trade in agriculture concern numerous issues and therefore are complex and particularly challenging for most developing countries and least developed countries. The purpose of this publication is to assist trade policy makers and trade negotiators in considering their decisions regarding agriculture in pursuing national development objectives. It could also be useful for other stakeholders involved or interested in agricultural negotiations and policies, including the private sector, researchers and non-governmental organizations. The publication seeks to do so by providing a balanced, objective and sound analysis of the technical and policy issues about the rules and negotiations on trade in agriculture and explore possible ways to address the above-mentioned challenge.




This publication is an adaptation of the Manual for Trade Negotiations on Agriculture (UNCTAD/DITC/TNDC/2020/MISC/1), which was prepared, with financial support from the European Union, by a team led by Liping Zhang from the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch (TNCDB), Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Substantive contributions to the manual were provided by Dr. Manzoor Ahmad, Former Ambassador of Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the World Trade Organization.


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