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19 October 2017

THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION NEWS

Agriculture is a key sector for the achievement of many UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger and promote prosperity and people’s wellbeing. In China, as well as in other economies, agriculture will continue to play a pivotal role, not only as a provider of food, but also as a source of income for many households.

The main objective of this workshop - organised jointly by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture (ATPC), OECD, ICTSD, with the technical collaboration of FAO and in co-operation with other international organisations - will be to discuss and explore options for devising a comprehensive policy framework able to address food security challenges, in a context of evolving agricultural markets. The workshop will begin by presenting selected global issues and experiences, with a view to then focusing on the application for Chinese agricultural policy going forward.

Further information is available on the OECD's website.

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
27 September 2017

Swissinfo.ch

In this article published on Swissinfo.ch ICTSD Senior Programme Manager Jonathan Hepburn says that the outcome of the Swiss vote will put no additional market barriers on agricultural imports coming from developing countries.

 

On 27 June, ICTSD organised an informal roundtable dialogue on the topic of public stockholding for food security as part of the E15 Initiative engagement process. The E15 Initiative is jointly implemented by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum.

WTO members have agreed to negotiate a permanent solution on public stockholding programmes for food security purposes, for adoption by the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires this December. While some have suggested that the Bali ministerial decision on this topic serve as a starting point for these talks, the G-33 has argued that purchases at administered prices should be exempt from counting towards countries’ WTO commitments. At the same time, some other developing and developed countries remain concerned that food purchased at subsidised prices could adversely affect their own producers, in some cases potentially also undermining food security and rural employment.

This event looked at experience using the public stockholding decision since Bali, and explored possible options for a permanent solution in this area. The dialogue built on discussions in the E15 Engagement Day on the WTO and MC11, drawing on recent ICTSD research and developments in the policy environment, with a view to deepening understanding of possible outcomes for Buenos Aires and their likely implications for aspects of the sustainable development agenda.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 11:36am