WFO at WTO Public Forum 2014 - Farmers’ access to Trade

03 Oct 2014

In the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO)'s Public Forum 2014, WFO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) host a working session titled "Farmers' Access to Trade". WFO invites its members, partners, and stakeholders to participate and join a special event at WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday 3 October from 11.00 - 13.00 (CEST) in Working Session 35, Room E. The event provides background on the linkages within key regional initiatives, which FAO recently identified, that promote integrated approaches to food security. The working session aims to add value to ongoing work at country levels by sharpening focus on food security and nutrition, and by identifying concrete windows of opportunity to promote integrated approaches to food security.

Trade matters to everyone in a world that is constantly growing. Statistics prove that by 2050 the world will inhabited by 9.2 million people, and all of them will need to eat three times a day to be granted adequate access to food.

Only by raising the productivity of farmers at all scales - small, medium, and large - can 100 per cent of access to adequate food at global level be ensured. This is possible only through the establishment of open, well-functioning markets and the development of trade policies at all levels, to prevent excessive food price volatility.

Everyday farmers face challenges due to instability in the balance between supply and demand within international agriculture trade. This situation constantly affects their choices about what to produce, which markets can be accessed and under what conditions, as well as influence decision-making processes about how best to manage multiple forms of risk. Such makes it imperative that policies and regulatory frameworks on trade be carefully adapted in order to take into consideration the full range of stakeholders affected and their needs. In this context, farmers are both customers and sellers. In order to guarantee their active presence in economic systems, farmers require conditions that justly support their stability.

Only by strengthening farmers' roles in agricultural trade and improving their position within the food supply chain will opportunities be provided for farmers to be able to better respond to consumers' needs for access to healthy and nutritious food at fair prices.

Speakers at the WFO – FAO joint session include:

• Ron Bonnet, WFO Board Member for North America; President, Canadian Farmers' Association
• Raul Roccatagliata, WFO Expert on Trade, Sociedad Rural Argentina
• Ekaterina Krivonos, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Expert on Trade
• Marco Marzano de Marinis, World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), Executive Director (Moderator of session)


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Read more (pdf event flyer), and learn more about WTO's Public Forum 2014, including webcasts, at

Find out more about FAO's role in trade at

WFO Policy on International Trade