India faces stiff opposition at WTO over food security, agricultural imports

Proposal regarding stockholding patterns drew opposition from 27 trade envoys

by Janhavi Behere

India encountered stiff opposition from major industrialised countries for its demands to find a permanent solution for its food security programmes. India also called for safeguard mechanisms for farmers from unpredictable increase in agricultural imports and an agreement for removing bottlenecks for facilitating trade in services. India emphasised on the need for a watertight covered agreement regarding stockholding programmes of all G33 countries. The G33 coalition of developing countries led by Indonesia, had suggested modifying rules to address the historical inequities in the existing WTO’s agreement on agriculture. The proposals faced vehement opposition from the US, the EU, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Thailand, Brazil, and Paraguay, among others.

References
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