Agricultural Export Restrictions, Food Security and the WTO

Brief
Date period
23 June 2014

Export restrictions can exacerbate the negative effects on food insecurity when an unexpected, rapid increase in food staple prices occurs. This short information note examines six possible options for a WTO agreement on export restrictions, with a view to ensuring that agricultural export restrictions do not inadvertently exacerbate the effect of price shocks on vulnerable consumers in low-income, food-deficit countries.