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Food and tariffs


Sam Roggeveen


29 July 2008 09:33

As Daniel Drezner somewhat testily notes, the world seems to have forgotten about the latest WTO negotiations. Though not The Interpreter, with Mark Thirlwell giving his caustic take last week.

Speaking of Mark, this post from The Washington Realist echoes one of Mark's recent themes. It argues that the latest roadblock to agreement on tariff cuts arises from developing countries' sense of food insecurity. Mark wrote that this was encouraging some countries to buy foreign food supplies, much as they would with fuel. But it is also encouraging some developing countries to see market liberalisation as a threat to food supply, with India leading the opposition to the latest WTO efforts to cut agricultural tariffs.

It all seems so depressingly counterproductive.