Date and Time: Thursday 5th December 2013 ~~~ 9:00 – 10:30
Location: Frangipani Room
Theme: Environment and Natural Resources

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WFO Policy International Trade


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Session Objectives

• Provide farmers’ perspective on the multilateral trading system
• Develop recommendations on how multilateral trading system can be strengthened for the benefit of farmers and consumers throughout the world


Ensuring a fair, predictable and transparent multi-lateral trading system, in an increasingly globalized economy, is essential if farmers are to be able to meet the world’s future demand for food and the problems of supply and demand imbalances and volatility are to be overcome. This must be accompanied by more robust agriculture policies geared to strengthening countries’ domestic agricultural sector, particularly in least developing countries.

The session during the TDS represents a unique opportunity to bring together representatives from the international farming community, together with eminent representatives of government, academia, and the research community.

The session will feature a roundtable discussion on experiences with the multilateral trading system and ways this can be strengthened in order to ensure food security and the prosperity of rural communities.

Given the prime role agriculture plays in feeding the world population and the importance of agriculture in trade negotiations, this event is very relevant to all stakeholders present at the TDS as well as the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.