The Post Hong Kong Challenge: Building on Developing Country Proposals for a Future Food Aid Regime

Working and discussion papers
April 2006
Edward Clay

So far this year there have been intensive, more focused negotiations to try to agree a text on food aid to be included in the draft Doha Agreement on Agriculture. This paper takes the joint contribution to this process made by African and other least developed countries, as its framework for reviewing progress directed to ensuring that genuine food aid is not impeded whilst disciplines are put in place on other food aid to minimise trade displacement. New issues have emerged, and there are still outstanding issues on which there is so far no agreement. Some suggestions are made for addressing both sets of issues in a constructive way including proposals for a joint-statement on matters to be addressed in other international bodies apart from the WTO.

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