On Thursday 29 June 2017 at the WTO in Geneva, the Cairns Group hosted a seminar on Modern Approaches to Agricultural Trade Policy Reform and Domestic Support. The seminar was designed to encourage Geneva-based negotiators and stakeholders to take a fresh look at the agricultural policy issues facing Governments and Farmers, and to discus non-trade-distorting policy options to improve agricultural growth, productivity, trade and investment. Speakers from the OECD and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation highlighted the importance of using the right kind of policies to encourage innovation in the agricultural sector, while Pakistan’s Mission to the WTO spoke on its efforts to provide non-trade-distorting support to those most in need, through its cash-based food security program.
The Seminar follows on from last November’s highly successful Cairns Group Farm Leader’s Seminar, also held in Geneva, and comes at a time when WTO negotiators are pressing for new disciplines to limit trade and production distorting agricultural subsidies at the upcoming 11th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Buenos Aires, December 2017.
Please see below links to the Seminar Program, Opening Speech and presentations: