World Farmers’ Organisation Policy on International Trade in Agriculture Products

05 Dec 2013

The session during the Trade and Development Symposium (TDS) represents a unique opportunity to bring together representatives from the international farming community, together with eminent representatives of government, academia, and the research community. The session will feature a roundtable discussion on experiences with the multilateral trading system and ways this can be strengthened in order to ensure food security and the prosperity of rural communities.

Organisers: World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), Federated Farmers of New Zealand, and National Farmers' Federation (NFF)

Date: 5 December 2013, Bali International Convention Centre (BICC) at the Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali


Ensuring a fair, predictable and transparent multi-lateral trading system, in an increasingly globalized economy, is essential if farmers are to be able to meet the world’s future demand for food and the problems of supply and demand imbalances and volatility are to be overcome. This must be accompanied by more robust agriculture policies geared to strengthening countries’ domestic agricultural sector, particularly in least developing countries.

Given the prime role agriculture plays in feeding the world population and the importance of agriculture in trade negotiations, this event is very relevant to all stakeholders present at the TDS as well as the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.

Download the WFO International Policy on Trade here

Objectives of the session

The main aim of the session is to provide farmers’ perspective on the multilateral trading system and develop recommendations on how this can be strengthened for the benefit of farmers and consumers throughout the world.



Mr Bruce Wills, President Federated Farmers of New Zealand, WFO Board Member

Mr Henri Brichart, Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles, France

Moderator: Mr Ron Bonnett, President Canadian Federation of Agriculture, WFO Board Member