'The main issue was livelihood of millions of poor farmers'
What was the main reason for the collapse of the ministerial-level talks at the Doha Development Round of the WTO?
The main issue was the security of livelihood of millions of poor farmers in India and other developing countries against import surges which could take place.
The special safeguard mechanism (or SSM) enabling developing countries like India to impose additional duties to protect the livelihood of its poor farmers from import surges and price declines of sensitive agricultural products was agreed in Hong Kong (Ministerial Declaration adopted in December 2005), and in the Framework Agreement (of the WTO agreed in August 2004).
But the proposal on the table was frustrating the operationalisation of SSM. Developed countries and those with huge farm export interests wanted SSM to become effective only
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