Evaluating Nairobi: What does the outcome mean for trade in food and farm goods?

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9 June 2016
Geneva, Switzerland


WTO members are still trying to make sense of the agreements that were reached at the WTO's Nairobi ministerial conference last December, and understand what these might mean for trade in food and farm goods. 

The objective of this dialogue is to help negotiators, policy makers and other stakeholders to assess the potential trade, food security and rural development implications of the agriculture outcomes of the WTO's Nairobi ministerial conference. 

The event will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in a forward-looking discussion on how to build on the Nairobi outcomes, given recent changes in global markets, policies and regulatory frameworks.

Chair: Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, Chief Executive, ICTSD

Eugenio DÍAZ-BONILLA, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI - Export Competition

Terry TOWNSEND, Agricultural Economist, Cotton Analytics - Cotton

Open discussion

Joseph GLAUBER, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI - Public Stockholding

Raul MONTEMAYOR, Federation of Free Farmers of the Philippines - Special safeguard mechanism

Open discussion

Concluding remarks

Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ is co-founder of ICTSD and has been its Chief Executive since 1996. Previously, he co-founded and was General Director of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). He has represented Colombia as a negotiator in several multilateral fora, including as permanent delegate of Colombia in Geneva and as a negotiator in GATT’s Uruguay Round, the Rio’92 UN Conference process, UNCTAD VIII, the Climate Change Convention, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Montreal Protocol. He acted as spokesperson for the G77 in several fora and served as chair of the UN Standing Committees on Commodities and on Trade Preferences. Earlier, he had served as Principal Adviser to the Colombian Minister of Economic Development and as Chief of Administration of the Office of the President of Colombia. Since 1997, Mr. Meléndez-Ortiz has been the publisher of BRIDGES and its sister publications, and has edited, authored and published a wide range of books, articles and opinion pieces in English, French and Spanish on economic governance, trade, sustainable development and conflict management. He has served or currently sits on advisory committees and the boards of a number of global policy initiatives, including as Member of the Board of Intellectual Property Watch (Geneva); the Operating Board of AccountAbility (London); the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Trade and WEF’s Working Group on Trade and Climate Change; The Pardee Center Task Force on Governance for a Green Economy (U of Boston); The Center for Global Development’s Global Trade Preference Working Group (Washington, DC); The Evian’s Group Brains Trust (IMD); the Global Governance Network of Globus et Locus (Milano); the Steering Committees of DfID’s Global Trade and Finance Architecture Initiative and of UN DESA’s Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership (New York), a Patron of the Earth Focus Foundation (Geneva); in the recent past he served as Chair of the Global Action Network’s Council (Cambridge, MA); and member of the U.N. Secretary General Millennium Project Task Force on Trade; the WTO’s Director General NGO Advisory Group; and the MOFCOM/IISD China Sustainable Development and Global Markets Task Force. Mr. Meléndez-Ortiz, a graduate of Harvard University, has recently co-authored Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) with A. Najam and M. Halle, and co-edited Rebuilding Global Trade: Proposals for A Fairer, More Sustainable Future(Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford U. and ICTSD, 2009) with C. Deere; Agricultural Subsidies In The WTO Green Box: Ensuring Coherence With Sustainable Development Goals (Cambridge University Press, 2009) with C. Bellmann and J. Hepburn; Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development, Agendas in a Changing World(Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009) with P. Roffe; and, WTO Dispute Settlement: The Developing CountryExperience (Cambridge U. Press, forthcoming November 2010) with G. Shaffer. He holds Colombian and Belgian nationalities and is a resident of Switzerland where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics obtained from the Department of Economics at The Johns Hopkins University. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute since april 2012, focusing on macroeconomic and trade issues related to food security and poverty at the global level and for Latin America and the Caribbean. Washington D.C.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience as an economist, working on development and poverty issues, including grass-root work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments. Direct experience of community work with urban and rural poor groups in several developing countries. Resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and theCaribbean. Consultant and staff member with several international organizations: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and World Bank. Long experience as advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation and food security programs. Extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. Diplomatic and negotiating activities as senior diplomat for Argentina, working on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Member of the Board of Executive Directors of the IADB for almost nine years, occupying leadership positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman of several Board Committees responsible for the governance of the Bank, including the Ninth Capital replenishment (70 billion dollars) . Several books, articles, and other academic and policy-oriented publications on development, poverty, food security, trade and macroeconomic issues in developing countries. Teaching positions in Universities in Latin America and the United States. Member of different tasks forces on trade and development.

Dr. Terry Townsend retired as executive director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) at the end of 2013. He worked at USDA from 1983 to 1987 analyzing the U.S. cotton industry and editing a magazine devoted to a cross-section of agricultural issues. He served as statistician at ICAC from 1987 to 1999.

Dr. Glauber is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC where his areas of interest are price volatility, global grain reserves, crop insurance and trade. Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at theU.S. Department of Agriculture including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014. As Chief Economist, he was responsible for the Department’s agricultural forecasts and projections, oversaw climate, energy and regulatory issues, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

From 2007-2009, Glauber was the Special Doha Agricultural Envoy at the office of the U.S.Trade Representative where he served as chief agricultural negotiator in the Doha talks. He served as economic adviser at the so-called Blair House agreements leading to the completion of the Uruguay Round negotiations. He is the author of numerous studies on crop insurance, disaster policy and U.S. farm policy.

Dr. Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Raul Montemayor is currently the National Business Manager and Program Officer of the Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Inc. (FFFCI), and its mother organization, the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) of the Philippines. He has been also a IPC Member since 2003. He was recently elected as Vice-President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP). He is a private sector advisor to the Philippine government in the WTO and other negotiations involving agricultural trade.

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