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Agricultural Trade in India


In the light of recent developments in international trade reform and given the prominence of India in the ongoing international agricultural trade negotiations, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture (LNV) has made India a focus country within the Agricultural Trade and Development project which aims to ‘understanding the impact of international agricultural trade on development’. This project is executed by a consortium of organizations (LEI, Wageningen International) belonging to WUR. As part of this project, Wageningen International (WI) is working on two  short review papers that

  • Looks at public opinion in on the ongoing international agro-trade negotiations and agreements.
  • Dutch-India relations in the Development and Agro-food sector.

Below are some of the relevant litrature used.


 Government Related

article India : The Land of Growth Opportunities
Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister, India London School of Economics January 29, 2007
London School of Economics Public Lecture
20070129_Chidambaram.pdf (40kB)
URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collec...esAndEvents/pdf/20070129_Chidambaram.pdf
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website Dutch Trade Board: India werkgroep
Dutch Trade Board: India werkgroep
India heeft een enorm handels- en investeringspotentieel waarvan het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven beter zou kunnen profiteren. Om meer succes te boeken in India heeft de Dutch Trade Board een werkgroep ingesteld. Het actieplan van de werkgroep richt zich op versterking van de positie van Nederlandse bedrijven die al zaken doen met India. Tegelijkertijd wijst het actieplan bedrijven die nog geen zaken doen met India op de kansen van deze groeimarkt. De werkgroep heeft als belangrijkste aandachtsgebieden: Voorlichting Kansrijke sectoren Havenontwikkeling, binnenvaart en logistiek Instrumentarium Technisch-wetenschappelijke samenwerking
Verslag India-hearing 19 okt 2006.pdf (32kB)
URL: http://www.internationaalondernemen.nl/dtb/india.asp?bstnum=172316
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website EVD landen pagina India
De EVD, agentschap van het ministerie van Economische Zaken, ondersteunt ondernemers en publieke organisaties bij het internationaal ondernemen en samenwerken. De EVD stimuleert internationale activiteiten met informatie over buitenlandse markten, met projectmatige en financiële ondersteuning en door het leggen van contacten met zakenpartners in het buitenland.
URL: http://www.evd.nl/info/landen/land.asp?land=ina
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website Ministry of Enternal Affaires- Government of India
General and sector specific on the indian Economy
URL: http://www.indiainbusiness.nic.in/index.htm
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

Industry Related

report Indian Industry Suggestions for Negotiating Free Trade Agreements
CII 2006
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India, partnering industry and government alike through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organisation, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded over 111 years ago, it is India’s premier business association, with a direct membership of over 6300 organisations from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90,000 companies from around 336 national and regional sectoral associations.
industries_suggestions_guid.pdf (198kB)
URL: http://www.ciionline.org/
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

article Nederlandse bedrijven in India ( Dutch Companies in India)
Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in New Delhi, India New Delhi
http://www.hollandinindia.org/economie_en_handel/nederlandse
indodutchcompanies06-07.pdf (185kB)
URL: http://www.hollandinindia.org/economie_en_handel
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website The Netherlands-India Chamber of Commerce & Trade
The Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade (NICCT)is a non-commercial, voluntary association of business concerns and professionals with an interest in business and economic relations between India and The Netherlands. The NICCT came into being in 2003 as a result of the merger between the India Trade Council and the Indo Dutch Chamber of Commerce, both of which had functioned in The Netherlands for many years and had similar objectives & activities.
URL: http://www.nicct.nl/
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

Academic Publication

article Trade Policy Making in India
Dr S. Narayan London School of Economics
Trade policy making in India has been perceived as confused, contradictory and ill conceived. While several authors have attributed this to the need to deal with an internal clientele used to a protectionist environment on the one hand and the advantages of openness in trade on the other, very few have recognised the changes in negotiating stances that India has been taking in recent years.
trade policy making in india lse.doc (67kB)
URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collec...PolicyUnit/Events/May2005/IndiaPaper.doc
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

article Trade Policy Making in India: The Reality Below the Water Line
Julius Sen London School of Economics
This paper look at these issues and concludes, in broad terms, that India struggles with trade policy making essentially because domestic and international thinking on development and economic growth are seriously out of alignment, and that there are few immediate prospects of this changing for a variety of entirely domestic political reasons.
TradePolicyMakinginIndia-finalversion.doc (270kB)
URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collec...radePolicyMakinginIndia-finalversion.doc
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

report Decision-Making Processes in India: The Case of the Agriculture Negotiations
Shishir Priyadarshi
India submitted a very detailed and comprehensive proposal(1) as part of the ongoing negotiations on agriculture in the WTO in January 2001. It covered all aspects of the negotiations and remains one of the longest proposals ever submitted by any member. This study examines the manner in which this negotiating proposal was finalized, the consultations that were undertaken and the actual decision-making process that led to the submission of the proposal. It attempts to identify the main protagonists and the key stakeholders, the role that each one played in the process and the extent to which, in their view, they succeeded in getting their concerns reflected in the proposal. Finally, the study also tries to ascertain from the stakeholders their perception of the WTO as an organization, including in the context of the WTO’s perceived influence on the process and final outcome.
Decsion Making Process In India Agricutural negotiations.pdf (200kB)
URL: http://www.ppl.nl/bibliographies/wto/files/5370.pdf
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

report Globalizaton and Trade Dispute Settlement in WTO: Implications for Developing Countries with Special Reference to the India
Professor Pushpa Trivedi
The paper attempts to evaluate WTO’s legal system with respect to the following criteria: (i) the scope of using WTO dispute settlement mechanism towards protectionism; (ii) effective access to legal system by the developing and least developed countries; (iii) time required for delivering ruling; and, (iv) effectiveness of rulings as a deterrent to wrongdoings. The paper highlights the lacunae in WTO’s DSP and how some of these can be eliminated.
Globalization and trade dispute settlement WTO ref-india.pdf (378kB)
URL: http://www.ppl.nl/bibliographies/wto/files/5302.pdf
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

report Impact of WTO Developement and Situation of Indian Agriculture
(A CED Documentation -compiled for Jan Sangati Kendra by Veena, Nalini, Ajith and John) 8/15/2006
the document presents a synopsis views on the following topics Table of contents 1. Development of Indian Agriculture 2. Indian Agricultural Policy & The WTO Regime 3. The Political Economy of Agricultural Modernisation & Liberalisation 4. Agriculture Labour - Situation in India 5. State of Organisation of Agricultural Labour in India
impact of WTO and situation indian agriculture.pdf (106kB)
URL: http://www.ppl.nl/bibliographies/wto/files/5793.pdf
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

report India and the Multilateral Trading System after Seattle:Toward a Proactive Role
Aaditya Mattoo (World Bank), Arvind Subramanian (Harvard University/IMF) December,1999
This paper argues that India should engage more actively in the multilateral trading system.
India and the Multilateral Trading System after Seattle.pdf
URL: http://www.ppl.nl/bibliographies/wto/files/1414.pdf
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

report Trade-Related Subsidies –Bridging the North-South Divide An Indian Perspective
Meeta K Mehra, Fellow; Mayank Sinha, Research Associate; and Sohini Sahu, Research Associate The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), 2004
This paper comprises the background work undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the preliminary phase of the project titled “World Trade Organization (WTO) and Subsidies: Bridging the North-South Divide.” The project is an initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Earth Council and the Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto that aims at closing the wedge between developed and developing countries thinking on the issue of subsidies, especially at the WTO. In particular, it envisages contributing to the debate on subsidy-related aspects in the ongoing Doha Development Round. The initiative (henceforth the Subsidies Initiative) is the next stage in the Van Lennep Programme on subsidies. This paper includes a background survey of subsidy and subsidy-issues in India, particularly in those areas that are important from a developmental viewpoint in the country or have some link with the ongoing WTO negotiations. It intends to provide inputs for the development of the proposal for research and policy formulation capacity on trade-related subsidies in key developing country partner institutions. Website: http://www.iisd.org/
WTO- Bridging the North and South Divid .pdf (783kB)
URL: http://www.ppl.nl/bibliographies/wto/files/2793.pdf
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website (NCAER) National Council of Applied Economic Research: Agriculture, Rural Development and Resource Management
NCAER is an independent, non-profit research institution that is committed to assist government, civil society and the private sector to make informed policy choices. The Council encourages research on Indian themes using Indian data. NCAER is dedicated to the goal of connectivity and seeks to establish interlinkages with research institutions interested in the areas of industry and infrastructure development, macroeconomic analysis and human development. "
URL: http://www.ncaer.org/projects.aspx?programid=3&projectstatus=o#
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website Bibliography on the WTO - India
Link to the Peace Palace Library's relevant publications on WTO and India
URL: http://www.ppl.nl/bibliogra...owresults.php?bibliography=wto&all=india
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website ICRIE- India Council for Research on International Economic Relations
ICRIER, now in its 25th year, is an autonomous, policy oriented, not-for-profit research institute and has emerged as one of the leading think tanks in India with its clear focus on supporting India’s interface with the global economy.
URL: http://www.icrier.org/index.htm
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website The Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development (IDPAD)
IDPAD promotes social science research that is of relevance to development in India. With a view to increase relevance and utilisation of research the programme stimulates interaction between researchers and users of research, including policy makers from government and NGO's.
URL: http://www.idpad.org/
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

 Civil Society Related

 

article Over 50,000 Farmers Protest Against WTO in India
Mr. Yudhvir Singh Member Secretary, ICCFM Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements Indian Resouce Center
Proponents of free trade argue that liberalization of agriculture will increase food production and improve the economic conditions of farmers around the world. Real life experience, however, is telling a vastly different story as the liberalization of agriculture unfolds. The entry of transnational corporations in the agricultural sector has created devastating conditions in India, leading many small and marginal farmers, for example, to commit suicide due to economic distress.
India Resource Center - Over 50,000 Farmers Protest Against WTO in India.htm (20kB)
URL: http://www.indiaresource.org/news/2005/2017.html
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website Importing a farming crisis
Ashok B Sharma 2006
India is unilaterally opening its doors to imports of wheat at a time when several contentious issues remain to be settled in the World Trade Organisation. This deliberate step up will result in serious consequences, and weaken the country's bargaining power.
URL: http://www.indiatogether.org/cgi-bin/tools/pfriend.cgi
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website India Committee of The Netherlands (ICN)
the India Committee of The Netherlands (ICN) is an independent non-governmental organization, based on solidarity with deprived groups in Indian society. The ICN's main strategy is to influence public opinion and political decision-making processes in the Netherlands and Europe.The committee is campaigning for socially responsible business and fair trade, for women's rights and for human rights for Dalits.
URL: http://www.indianet.nl/english.html
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website India Together
India Together provides in-depth information & news on the issues that matter covering 15 major topics and over 15 states. India Together also helps leaders, experts, practitioners, scholars and artists take their ideas, insights and concerns expeditiously to an interested national and global audience.
URL: http://www.indiatogether.org/agriculture/
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

website InfoChange Trade and Development
InfoChange News & Features (www.infochangeindia.org) is a four-year-old online resource base that provides news, views, perspectives and debates on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia . It brings into sharp focus agents and avenues of change.
URL: http://infochangeindia.org/...tailurl=Intellectual%20Property%20Rights
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

Agriculture in the Media

report Insights into participatory video - a handbook for the field
Nick and Chris Lunch 2006
Insight is a UK/France based organisation pioneering the use of Participatory Video as a tool for empowering individuals and communities. Insight’s Participatory Video methods value local knowledge, build bridges between communities and decision-makers and enable people to develop greater control over their own development and the decisions affecting their lives.
Insights_into_Participatory_Video_A_handbook_for_the_field.pdf
URL: http://www.insightshare.org/
Topic: Methods & Tools

article India 'to pursue own trade deals'
BBC News
India says it will seek a series of bilateral trade accords after talks to save a global trade treaty collapsed.
BBC NEWS South Asia India 'to pursue own trade deals'.htm (46kB)
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5212932.stm
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

article India's Reform Programme Suffers a Blow
Sunil Raman BBC News
Members of India's governing left-of-centre coalition, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), have suffered a string of electoral defeats since taking power in 2004.
BBC NEWS South Asia India's reform programme suffers a blow.htm (43kB)
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6647073.stm
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India

article Maoists set fire to India station
BBC News
Maoist rebels in eastern India have burnt down a railway station in a second day of protests against the government's economic policies.
BBC NEWS South Asia Maoists set fire to India station.htm (39kB)
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6243930.stm
Topic: Agricultural Trade in India