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Implications of the WTO's Doha Development Agenda for South Asian Agriculture

Implications of the WTO's Doha Development Agenda for South Asian Agriculture

Thursday, June 8, 2006,
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
in MC10-850

Presentation by

Kym Anderson

Chair: Praful Patel, Vice-President, South Asia Region
Discussants: Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist, SAR, and
Dina Umali-Deininger, Lead Economist, SASAR

Numerous groups in South Asia are concerned that multilateral liberalization of agricultural markets following a successful conclusion to the Doha round would harm South Asian agriculture and possibly worsen poverty. What is the current state of play in those trade negotiations? What do empirical modeling results suggest would be the welfare effects on farmers and others in South Asia of global reform? How sensitive are those results to changes in key model assumptions? What domestic and trade policy responses are appropriate if the Doha round does call for cuts to WTO-bound rates of agricultural protection in developing countries? What further research is required to better understand the various impacts of such policy reform on South Asian rural populations.

KYM ANDERSON is a Lead Economist in the International Trade unit of the World Bank's Development Research Group. He has held academic appointments at the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide, where he was foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies from 1989 and holds a Personal Chair in the School of Economics. During previous extended leave periods he has been a Ford Foundation Visiting Fellow in Seoul, Director of the Agricultural Trade Policy Unit at Australia's Department of Trade, a Visiting Fellow at Stockholm's Institute for International Economic Studies, and Counselor and deputy to the director of research at the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva. He is the first economist to have been a WTO Dispute Settlement Panelist.

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