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11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference

Buenos Aires, Argentina.
10-12-17 - 13-12-17

The relationship between trade and food security is drawing ever greater attention on both the trade and the development agendas. Equitable trade is recognized as a powerful driver for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in achieving Zero Hunger in the context of climate change.

As patterns of consumption and production continue to evolve, global agricultural trade is expected to continue to increase over the next decade. The objective now is to ensure that the expansion of agricultural trade actually works for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition globally. This challenge is at the core of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) support to its Members in the preparation of trade agreements, in particular under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

FAO, in collaboration with key partners, will be hosting and participating in a number of side events at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires. We encourage those who are accredited to join us at any of the events below. This will be an excellent opportunity to share your country experiences in achieving food security and improved nutrition under the WTO multilateral trading system.

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The report will highlight the avenues by which commodity prices can affect the economy and development indicators. The report analyses commodity sectors – agriculture, energy and minerals – in developing countries, the corresponding commodity policies and their impact on economic growth and development, income distribution, poverty and food security, including in commodity-dependent developing countries. It advances policy recommendations for this group of countries to better integrate into the global economy and achieve sustainable development. The report will highlight the avenues by which commodity prices can affect the economy and development indicators. The report analyses commodity sectors – agriculture, energy and minerals – in developing countries, the corresponding commodity policies and their impact on economic growth and development, income distribution, poverty and food security, including in commodity-dependent developing countries. It advances policy recommendations for this group of countries o better integrate into the global economy and achieve sustainable development. 

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The New Commodities and Development Report 2017: commodities Markets, Economic Growth and development has crucial information to help countries deal with challenges and opportunities of commodities markets.