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The recent world food crisis has led the international community to the realisation that countries need to sign a world trade agreement that deals with agricultural subsidies.

One sticking point has nothing to do with agriculture however, nor has it been covered by other media – NAMA.

With the focus on agricultural subsidies as reason for the collapsed Doha round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, Samah El-Shahat went to the WTO headquarters in Geneva to report on the backroom dealings.

Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) negotiations were launched at the Doha Ministerial Meeting in 2001 as part of the Doha Round. 

It is commonly perceived that agriculture is the most important issue in tackling poverty in poor countries, but trade in industrial goods represents about 75 per cent of world trade.

Developing countries are especially reluctant to an agreement on NAMA.

Samah El-Shahat discusses with Dr Claire Melamed of Action Aid UK its importance.

This episode of People & Power aired from Wednesday, May 14, 2008.

Source: Al Jazeera