Global food markets have turned their attention from demand to supply constraints. In this context, many governments face an acute need to address food security concerns, with some having improved their business models to encourage improved efficiencies while also being mindful of natural resource sustainability. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Ninth Ministerial Conference, which was held last year in Bali, Indonesia, acknowledged that there are a number of options to improve food security that the WTO and the wider international community could consider. The seminar will discuss such options, with a view to future Doha negotiations on agriculture.
The participants include Stefan Tangermann, who will outline policy options from his recent paper which he drafted on behalf of the E15 Agriculture and Food Security Group: "A Post-Bali Food Security Agenda"; Marcelo Regunaga, who will reflect on the contributions of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay; David Laborde, who will present a summary of IFPRI assessments of the current proposals and their consequences for global agricultural markets; and Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla will discuss food security stocks, the “peace clause," and options for a permanent solution. Shenggen Fan will provide closing remarks. H.S. Dillon will chair the event.