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Friday, January 26

Food fights at the WTO: political economy of India's focus on food security in international trade negotiations
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dr. Surupa Gupta
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center

India is both a major agricultural producer and exporter. Therefore, its steadfast focus on food security and defensive position at the agricultural negotiations surprises observers. In my work I analyze the socio-economic constraints and the political processes that have shaped this focus on food security since the beginning of the Doha Round of negotiations in 2001. Even though Indian agriculture has gone through notable changes since then, India faces substantial challenges in its attempt at structural transformation from an agrarian to a non-agrarian state. These domestic challenges shape India's position on agriculture at the multilateral trade negotiations.

This event is open for public and some Indian refreshments will be served.