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Title:The World Trade Organization's Doha round and cotton: continued peripheral status or a 'historical breakthrough' for African farmers?
Authors:Ledermann, Samuel T.ISNI
Moseley, William G.ISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:trade negotiations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19376812.2007.9756201
Abstract:World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiators proclaimed that they had reached a 'historical breakthrough' in late Summer 2004 as a framework was created to eliminate all export subsidies and reduce domestic subsidies and tariffs for agricultural commodities. While many hailed this step as a major victory for developing country farmers, others have been cautious on the potential 'success' of the agreement. The main objective of this article is to provide an analysis of WTO agriculture negotiations, its main actors and alliances, and its legal content. Given the attention to West African cotton producers during the Doha round, this study focuses on producers of this crop in Mali. More specifically, the article: 1) evaluates progress made within the WTO in the aftermath of the Hong Kong Summit, including the workings of the Sub-Committee for Cotton; 2) analyses potential short and longterm effects on African cotton farmers (focusing on economic and ecological sustainability); and 3) proposes an alternative set of policies for improving the situation of African cotton farmers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]