Markets and trade

FAO at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina (MC11)

10 – 13 December 2017

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. 

Monday, December 11
Report launch by FAO and UNCTAD

Commodities and Development Report 2017: Commodity Markets, Economic Growth and Development

The report highlights the avenues by which changes in commodity prices can affect the economy and development indicators. It 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 in commodity-dependent developing countries. It puts forward a number of policy recommendations for this group of countries to promote inclusive growth and achieve sustainable development. 





Monday, December 11
Fish Trade, Fisheries Subsidies and SDG 14


Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system.

Symposium details

Monday, December 11
International Trade and Food Security: The Vision of Food Exporting and Importing Countries

Tuesday, December 12
Agri-food Trade, Climate Change and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, December 13
Agricultural Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction: Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Latin American Challenges in the New Global Economy

Reforming Perverse Fisheries Subsidies at MC11

National and International Food Systems, Agricultural Production and the Challenges Ahead