On Friday 11 November 2016, senior negotiators and farm leaders met at the Cairns Group Farm Leaders seminar in Geneva.
It is an important time for WTO negotiations as the Cairns Group looks to press forward with further, much-needed, agricultural trade reform.
The seminar program included discussions around what farmers need from the WTO, and sessions on the current status of WTO agricultural negotiations and the role of the Cairns Group in the lead up to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in late-2017.
Professor Kym Anderson’s new book Finishing Global Farm Trade Reform: Implications for Developing Countries was also launched at the seminar. Professor Anderson is a former Lead Economist of the Trade Unit at the World Bank. His book underlines the benefits of trade liberalisation in agriculture, which helps drive growth in national income, productivity and real wages.
2016 marks thirty years since the Cairns group was established. Since that time the Cairns Group has provided a strong voice for agricultural trade reform and liberalisation, for the ultimate benefit of all people and all nations.
In 2015, the 19 agricultural exporting countries of the Cairns Group accounted for around 12 per cent of world economic output, almost 28 per cent of international agricultural exports and about 28 per cent of the global population.
The Cairns Group remains committed to bringing about global agricultural policy reform by constructively influencing multilateral trade negotiations within the World Trade Organization.
Cairns Group Farm Leaders seminar summary
Cairns Group Farm Leaders seminar program
Kym Anderson Presentation - Finishing Global Farm Trade Reform
National Farmers' Federation Presentation - What Do Farmers Want?