World Agriculture now has a policy on trade. This is the historic agreement that the WFO General Assembly approved today in Niigata, Japan. “This is a significant achievement– comments WFO – because a defined policy on trade is fundamental for the global farmer community”.

The policy on trade consists of six essential points:


1) the parallel elimination of all forms of export subsidies and disciplines on all export measures with equivalent effect

2) a substantial improvement in market access with special treatment of sensitive products taking into account the specific tariff structure

3) a substantial reduction in WTO limits on trade-distorting domestic support

4) special and differential treatment for developing countries and least developed countries which enables them to address the real concerns of resource-poor, vulnerable and small-scale farmers

5) strengthened rules applied to export prohibition/restriction and export taxes

6) protection of geographical indications.



WFO is active in the pursuit of ambitious trade policy objectives and the reinforcement of the global agricultural trading system. However, it is essential that this is achieved in a fair, transparent and predictable trading environment and one which ensures that agriculture can fulfil its wider economic, social and environmental role and takes into account the special needs of the least developed countries.

“Farmers – concludes WFO - will need to increase production significantly if future demand for food is to be met. Yet the world’s resources of land and water are finite. In addition, farmers are facing increasingly extreme climate patterns and long-term shifts in growing conditions due to climate change, while price volatility is on the increase”.




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