Susan Schwab
Hope for the worlds poor farmers

When world leaders start talking up an imminent breakthrough on a huge trade deal, it's kind of like when local officials say they're inches away from bringing pro football back to Los Angeles: We'll believe it when we see the contract, preferably signed in blood. We've been teased too many times before. The teasers are out with a vengeance this week, holding a flurry of top-level trade meetings around the world and insisting that the key players are this close to a breakthrough in the Doha round of World Trade Organization talks, which focus on lowering barriers to agricultural products around the world. Doha is critical not only because it would boost economies...