To support informed discussion in the WTO, the Institute for International Trade (IIT) at the University of Adelaide in Australia has concluded a stocktake and assessment of literature on the environmental impacts of production and trade-distorting agriculture support. The review identifies key knowledge gaps and lines of inquiry that, if adequately addressed, would strengthen the evidence base for agricultural subsidies reform and promote sustainable practices.
This roundtable discussion reviewed the study’s main findings, followed by thought-starter remarks from a number of different delegations on ‘take aways’ from the study to spur discussion. This set the scene for an interactive discussion among participants on how to shift the needle on environmentally responsible agricultural subsidy reforms. The roundtable participants were a diverse group of permanent missions to the WTO, reflecting the range of perspectives on this topic, and interested experts and stakeholders from the Geneva community or attending the WTO public forum.
Click HERE to read the stocktake report.