Fritz Glauser, Vice president of the Swiss Farmers` Union, European board member of the World Farmers` Organisation
To be inclusive and reduce poverty and hunger, trade rules need to be formed in a way that helps farmers feed the world. With the world population forecasted to reach some 10 billion by 2050, questions remain as to how trade rules could assist farmers worldwide in producing enough food. How do farmers and their cooperatives view the ongoing discussions in Geneva about the future of WTO, following the agreement on eliminating export subsidies reached at the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi last December, in isolation of any progress in the market access and domestic support pillars? How WTO Members approach the next steps in the negotiations is crucial since future trade rules could help or hinder farmers' ability to fulfil their important task of feeding the world. This working session will discuss farmers' views on how trade rules in agriculture need to be more inclusive and holistic.