In the balance The National Food Security Act vis-Ã -vis the WTO agreement on agriculture

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dc.contributor.author Narayanan, Sudha
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-10T08:39:36Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-10T08:39:36Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2275/300
dc.description.abstract This piece analyzes the implications of the National Food Security Act for India's commitments under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) in the context of widespread concern that they might be mutually incompatible. An analysis of support to rice and wheat for the period 1995-2012 suggests that the current scale of operations are at levels implied by the NFSA and that it is possible to leverage existing provisions in the WTO AoA to accommodate these within India’s commitments under the WTO AoA. While India should negotiate to retain the flexibility afforded in the Agreement and argue on specific provisions, it might not be necessary to seek special protection to enable the NFSA. Regardless of the WTO AoA, India should revamp and rationalize existing arrangements to establish a more nimble, transparent and cost effective food management system. This is desirable for its own sake and would support India's efforts to adhere to the AoA, in letter and in spirit. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP;WP-2013-026
dc.subject food security en_US
dc.subject WTO en_US
dc.subject India en_US
dc.subject negotiations en_US
dc.title In the balance The National Food Security Act vis-Ã -vis the WTO agreement on agriculture en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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