Food security, agriculture development and trade facilitation

A recent consultation at WTO discussed sensitive and important issues : food security and agriculture development in the perspective of trade facilitation.

In particular, one proposal from the G-33 group of developing countries suggests extra special treatment to protect their poor farmers including taxing early adoption of goods for food security.  However, responses on this matter varied with supporters mainly came from developing countries in the G-33 and Agriculture G-20 group. While all agreed that food security is of crucial importance, some questioned whether  such proposal might imply no disciplines on stockholding and argued that the biggest boost to food security would come from reforming agriculture trade.

Most members concluded that the discussion was constructive that set forth future negotiation dialogue.  More consultations from delegations would be expected, but a balance between agriculture and other subjects such as trade facilitation is demanded.

For more information: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news12_e/agng_07dec12_e.htm