Agreement On Agriculture Peace Clause


Commitments under the Convention on Agriculture and members` calendars are part of an ongoing process. At the end of the Uruguay Round, members agreed to continue negotiations on agriculture, which will begin one year before the end of the six-year implementation period (Article 20). These negotiations will examine the other commitments needed to achieve the long-term objective of a significant gradual reduction in aid and protection, leading to fundamental reform. The negotiations should also take into account factors such as the experience gained during the implementation period, the impact of the Uruguay Round reduction commitments on world agricultural trade, non-trade issues, special and differential treatment of developing countries and the objective of creating a fair and market-oriented agricultural trading system. The peace clause remains in force for a period of nine years. The limited time offered by the Western powers for the peace clause was considered by India to be insufficient security. The clause also requires full disclosure of MSPs and annual procurement of food security programs, which the government fears India will be questioned by other countries about internal affairs. Another temporary peace clause was concluded at the WTO conference in Bali in December 2013. It established that no country is legally excluded from food security programmes for its own population, even if the subsidy violates the limits set by the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. [1] The Agreement on Agricultural Products contains a limitation or peace clause that governs the application of other WTO agreements to agricultural subsidies (Article 13).