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This article is adapted from a presentation given by Sophia Murphy at the Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Initiative (SEATINI) Workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe, April 1998. It is divided into three areas:

1) A brief overview of US compliance with its commitments under the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture (AoA).

2) The structure of US domestic agriculture policy and some of the most important changes that have significant bearing on the US positions at the WTO and that these have been undertaken over and above the commitments made under the AoA, although often in their name.

3) Comment on US Secretary for Agriculture Dan Glickman's statements of US intentions for the upcoming review of the AoA and suggestions for directions that developing countries could consider in their own preparations for the review.



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