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IPC Publications

The publications of the IPC are researched and written by some of the most influential individuals in the agricultural industry from around the world. The views expressed in these publications are those of the Members of the International Policy Council. All listed publications can be obtained from the IPC.

The IPC's publications are distributed into four categories: IPC Issue Briefs; IPC Position Papers; IPC Discussion Papers; and IPC Books.  The IPC also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Agri-Trade Forum, seminar proceedings, and has published a series of recommendations following the Doha Round of Agricultural Negotiations.

*The IPC is in the process of making all publications available on-line.  If you would like to request an electronic copy of an IPC Publication that is not yet available on line, please contact the IPC at agritrade@agritrade.org indicating which publication you are interested in.  Printed copies of IPC Publications are available from the IPC for $25. 

Also available from the IPC is the IPC Subscriber Plan, through which the subscriber will receive all IPC publications issued in a year, including 4-6 position/discussion papers, 1-2 seminar proceedings, the quarterly newsletter, Agri-Trade Forum, and any other IPC publications for $150 per year.

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

IPC Discussion Paper


Options for the WTO Modalities  for Agriculture

 

The WTO’s Doha Round negotiations are at a crucial stage. Though there has been some progress towards convergence of different views, many of the key elements of an agricultural agreement are still to be decided.  Without the agricultural modalities in place it will be impossible to move ahead with the other discussions that are necessary to bring the Round to a conclusion. This discussion paper by David Blandford and Tim Josling focuses on the key operational issues that remain to be addressed in the agricultural modalities.

IPC Issue Brief #19


Implications of WTO Litigation for the WTO Agricultural Negotiations

 

The WTO litigation process is being increasingly used in cases involving agricultural subsidies and other central aspects of farm policies. This paper examines the dynamic interplay between the WTO litigation process and the agricultural negotiations.

IPC Issue Briefs #17 and #18


The Costs of Implementing the Biosafety Protocol

A Look at China

A Look at Brazil

These two technology issue briefs on China and Brazil, examine the costs of implementing different documentation requirements envisaged under the Biosafety Protocol (BSP) for shipments of living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed or processing (LMOs-FFP). Focusing on a major importer (China) and exporter (Brazil) of agricultural commodities, the briefs highlight BSP implementation costs for each country under the different potential documentation requirements for the identification of LMOs-FFP

IPC Recommendations for Hong Kong


The State of Play in the Agricultural Negotiations: Behind and Beyond the Numbers

 

 

This publication aims to inform the main participants at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong in December 2005 with regards to the options facing the agricultural trade negotiations.

IPC Issue Brief #16


Specific Environmental Effects of Trade Liberalization: Oilseeds

 

 

The study describes the WTO negotiation’s likely results and its effects on production and trade in soy, palm oil and rapeseed, the major oilseed commodities. It also assesses the effects of biodiesel policies. It describes the major trade and environmental policies at work in the producing countries, and assesses the likelihood of change to national environments should Doha results occur. Finally, it distills and presents the basic conclusions resulting from the analysis in visual form in a matrix relating the trade policy changes to the possible environmental ones.

IPC Issue Brief #15


The US Farm Bill and the Doha Negotiations: On Parallel Tracks or Collision Course?

 

 

In the next two years the United States Congress and the Administration will write a new Farm Bill as the Doha Round of WTO trade negotiations concludes. With the Doha Development Round, the United States has another opportunity to use the international negotiations to reform US farm policy to meet the changing needs of American agriculture.

Position Paper #14


Making Agricultural Trade Work
 for the Poor

 

 

With “development” as the theme of current WTO negotiations, agricultural talks have become an area of particular importance and concern. The plight of the rural poor in developing countries has often been attributed to persistent and distorting agricultural trade policies. Therefore, when it comes to the effects of trade on development, the stakes could not be higher. This paper assesses the impacts of agricultural trade on poverty by reviewing the current literature. The paper discusses the potential welfare impacts of policy reform and examines the recent trends of open trade in developing countries.

IPC Technology Issue Brief

The Potential Impacts of the Biosafety Protocol on Agricultural Commodity Trade

 

On September 11, 2003 a new international agreement affecting the transboundary movement of agricultural commodities - the Biosafety Protocol (BSP) - entered into force.  In 2005, signatories to the Biosafety Protocol will make critical decisions about how to regulate trade in Living Modified Organisms (LMOs or seeds) destined for use in food, feed and processing.  Depending on the decisions governments make-about labeling, testing, thresholds and unapproved events-in the coming months, the additional costs of shipping maize, soybeans, canola and cottonseed could significantly increase the cost of food and feed to the world's consumers.

This IPC study, authored by Professor Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes of the University of Missouri, evaluates the potential impacts of various options under consideration so that the Protocol can be implemented in the most effective and least costly manner.  

Position Paper #13

A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment

 

The original purpose of Special and Differential Treatment (S&D) was to level the playing field and give developing countries more time to adapt to international competition.  Currently, S&D provides few benefits to developing countries, and serves as a rationale for limited concessions on the part of developed countries.  A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment advocates differentiating developing countries into three categories: Least Developed, Lower Middle Income Developing and Upper Middle Income Developing Countries for international trade.  Each group of countries should undertake commitments in market access, domestic support and export competition according to their capability.

Trade Negotiations Issue Brief

GM Technology: Assessing the issues confronting developing countries

The IPC's paper sets out the issues facing developing countries in the development, use and trade of GM crops and the role that the private sector, on its own and through public-private partnerships, could play in increasing opportunities and reducing risks. The paper suggests some ways forward in the safe and responsible use of GM crops in the developing world.
IPC NEWSLETTER

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The Agri-Trade Forum is an informative look at the world of agriculture and trade. A quarterly publication, it features essays on a wide variety of topics as well as notices of IPC events, publications, and projects.  The newsletter is available free of charge via email or for $25 per year in printed form.
DOHA ROUND RECOMMENDATIONS

4. IPC Statement on the agricultural negotiations framework (June 14, 2004)
3. Twenty Five Ways to Improve the Derbez Draft on Agriculture (February 10, 2004)
2. IPC Statement on Recommendations for the Cancun Ministerial Meeting (June 20, 2003)
1. IPC Recommendations for the Doha Agricultural Negotiations (January 21, 2003)

TRADE NEGOTIATIONS ISSUE BRIEFS
2. Trade Litigation in Agriculture: Limiting the Abuse of Trade Remedies (July 25, 2004)
1. GM Technology: Assessing the issues confronting developing countries (July 25, 2004)
CAPACITY BUILDING ISSUE BRIEFS
#2  Beyond Special and Differential Treatment (August 15, 2003)
#1  Revisiting Special Preferences for Developing Countries (May 1, 2003)
TECHNOLOGY ISSUE BRIEFS
#1  The Potential Impacts of the Biosafety Protocol on Agricultural Commodity Trade (January 10, 2005)
IPC POSITION PAPERS

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#13 A New Approach to Special and Differential Treatment (2004)
#12 Liberalizing Trade in Processed Foods (2001)

#11 Achieving Public Confidence in the Global Food System (2001)
#10 Agenda Options for Agricultural Policy Reform in the Seattle Round(1999)
#9 State Trading and The WTO: Reforming the Rules for Agriculture(1999)
#8 Reforming Global Meat Policy and Regulations (1998)
#7 Plant Biotechnology and Global Food Production: Trade Implications (1998)
#6 Building a Global Open Food System (1998)
#5 The Role of Regionalism in Agricultural Trade Reform (1998)
#4 Agriculture and EU Enlargement to the East (1997)
#3 Attaining Global Food Security by 2025 (1996)
#2 Dairy Policy in the Post-Uruguay Round Era (1996)
#1 Sugar Policy in the Post-Uruguay Round Era (1996)
IPC DISCUSSION PAPERS
3. The Potential Impacts of the Biosafety Protocol on Agricultural Commodity Trade, November 16, 2004
2. Geographical Indications  
        
Geographical Indications Executive Summary
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Recommendations for Enhancing Consumer Confidence in Agricultural Biotechnology May 2002
BOOKS

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1. New Food Systems for Central Europe and the Soviet Union (1991)
2. Agriculture, the Environment and Trade - Conflict or Cooperation (1993)
3. Achieving Agricultural Development through Agricultural Trade E-Book and Su
mmary (2002)

SEMINAR PROCEEDINGS

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Plenary Seminar Proceedings
2004 - Agricultural Trade Negotiations: Politics and Prospects (Brussels, Belgium)
2004 - The Cotton Panel - Implications for US agricultural policy and the WTO negotiations
from Agricultural Trade Negotiations - Politics and Prospects
2003 - Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets (New Delhi, India)
                Proceedings Summary - Lessons from the 32nd IPC Plenary Seminar
2002 - Challenges Facing the Doha Round (2002 seminar, Ottawa, Canada)
2000 - China's Future Role in Agricultural Trade (Beijing, China)

1998 - Setting the Agricultural Agenda for the Next WTO Round, 2nd Annual IPC Agri-Forum (The Hague The Netherlands)
1998 - The FTAA, APEC and Agricultural Trade Reform (Washington, DC)

1997 - The Global Food and Agricultural System of the 21st Century, 1st Annual IPC Agri-Forum (The Hague, the Netherlands)
1997 - Agriculture, the FTAA and the WTO (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
1995 - Agriculture and the Environment in the 21st Century (Paris, France)

Capacity Building Seminars
2004 - Opportunities and Challenges for African Agricultural Development (IPC Trade Capacity Building Seminar, Johannesburg South Africa)
2002 - Achieving the Doha Development Agenda (Summary of a three-seminar series, Geneva Switzerland)

IPC Roundtable Discussions
2004 - The Cotton Panel - Implications for US agricultural policy and the WTO negotiations - from Cotton, Sugar and Wheat Board Cases: What do they mean for agricultural negotiations
2004 - Topics in Trade: The Americas
2004 - Topics in Trade: The European Union

Other IPC Seminars
2003 - IPC Post Cancun Briefing (September 22, Washington, DC)

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1. State Trading in International Agricultural Markets: Institutional Dimensions and Select Cases (1992)

                                    
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