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The World Trade Organization and Food Security After the Global Food Crises

Margulis M (2014) The World Trade Organization and Food Security After the Global Food Crises. In: Drache D, Jacobs L (ed.). Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times , New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 236-258.

This chapter examines the emergent global policy space for food security and its implications for understanding the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a changing global landscape. Despite the collapse of Doha Round negotiations in July 2008, the debate over food security and international trade has intensified at the WTO since 2008. This debate has significant implications for the WTO's role as an international institution as it takes on new governance duties such as participating in new global food security governance institutions. We can also observe shifts in the content of inter-state deliberations on food security at the WTO and the appearance of non-traditional policy actors in these deliberations. This includes for example the growing prominence of the human right to food in the new global food security policy consensus and the political contests between the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and the WTO. These developments illustrate conflicting visions about the role of international trade in addressing world hunger that are emblematic of the political contests driving the global policy space for food security.

Global Food Crisis; Food Security; WTO; Right to Food; Global Governance

EditorDrache D, Jacobs L
AuthorsMargulis Matias
Publication date2014
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of publicationNew York
ISBN 9781107047174
eISBN 9781139899369
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