One cannot understand the contemporary history of trade law, development policy, and international institutions without appreciating International Commodity Agreements. Even though their general purpose was to moderate global commodity price fluctuation, these multilateral intergovernmental agreements and their respective organizations were also important sites where the Third World met the First and Second Worlds in the spirit of dialogue, debate, and decision-making. What is untested is whether a trade agreement that brings together all parties with a significant interest in a particular commodity can create a regime that principally addresses concerns about hunger.
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