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Trade Dialogues on Food

As part of its Trade Dialogues initiative, the WTO is launching Trade Dialogues on Food, with the aim of encouraging a debate on the role of international trade in food security. Experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, think tanks and foundations will be invited to discuss the most topical issues in food trade. Each discussion can be watched live on this page. If you wish to participate in the debate, please email us your questions in real time at Dialogues@WTO.org. A recording will be made available after the event.

Introduction

Approximately 3 billion people depend on international trading of wheat, maize, rice and soybeans for their food security.  In addition, 180 million tons of fertilizer is applied to farmland annually to help us grow enough food to sustain our expanding population, with much of it traded on the international stage. 

At a time of global warming, international trade is even more important for maintaining food security, allowing food to flow from countries with a food surplus to countries in deficit in the wake of natural disasters.

Trade Dialogues on Food will examine various aspects of international trade in food, creating a forum for the frank exchange of views.

1 October, 2-3.30 pm CET

Food Trade Policy, the G20, and COVID-19

Live streaming

Opening Remarks

Alan Wolff

Deputy Director-General of the WTO

Speakers

Saad Abdullah Khalil Esa

Economic Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Water, Agriculture (MEWA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia​

Randal Giroux

Chair of The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) Global Trade Policy Committee, and Vice President - Global Regulatory Leader at Cargill

Maximo Torero

Chief Economist and Assistant Director-General of the Economic and Social Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Edwini Kessie

Director, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

25 June 2020, 2.00 - 3.30 pm CET

The Disruptors: A Conversation with the Technology Giants Revolutionizing African Agriculture

Live streaming

Speakers

Bolaji Akinboro

CO-Founder and CO-CEO, Cellulant Corporation

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Onyeka Akumah

Founder and CEO, Farmcrowdy

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Kikonde Mwatela

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Twiga Foods

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Kamal Yacub

CEO Trotro Tractor Ltd.

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WTO participants

Emmanuelle Ganne

cAnalyst, WTO Economic Research and Statistics Division

“Blockchain, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and the WTO”

Gabrielle Marceau

Senior Counsellor, WTO Economic Research and Statistics Division

“Innovation and the WTO Rule-Book”

Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division


11 June 2020, 2.00 – 4.00 pm CET

Food Trade Logistics, Navigating the Risks of COVID-19
Joint WTO - World Economic Forum (WEF) Webinar

Speakers

Siddharth Adya

Vice President, Group Cargo Solutions and Platform Development, PSA International

Ertharin Cousin

CEO and President, Food Systems for the Future (former Executive Director of the World Food Programme)

Allan Lerberg Jørgensen

Head of Sustainable Trade, Maersk

Arnaud Petit

Executive Director, International Grains Council

Sheri Rosenow

Counsellor, Market Access Division, WTO Trade Facilitation Section

Lisa Sweet

Head of Future of Protein, COVID Response, and Food Health of the World Economic Forum


Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Webcast


28 May 2020, 2.00 - 3.30 pm CET

COVID-19, Flattening the Food Insecurity Curve in Africa

Speakers

Trudi Hartzenberg

Executive Director TRALAC (Trade Law Center, South Africa)

Theo de Jager

President, World Farmers Organization

Junior Davis

Head of Policy Analysis and Research Branch, Division for Africa and LDCs at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Edwini Kessie

Director, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Halima Noor

Senior Trade Advisor, African Union


Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Webcast


14 May 2020, 2.00 - 3.30 pm CET

Global Value Chains in Agriculture and Food, in an Era of COVID-19

Speakers

Caroline Emond

Director-General, International Dairy Federation

Paolo Giordano

Principal Economist, Inter-American Development Bank

Charlotte Hebebrand

Executive Vice-President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Nutrien, and former Director General of the International Fertilizer Association

Edwini Kessie

Director, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Matt Kovac

CEO of Food Industry Asia

Daniel Njiwa

Head of Regional Food Trade, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa


Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Webcast


30 April 2020, starting time 2 pm CET

International Trade and Food Security in the Era of
COVID-19

Speakers

Shenggen Fan

Senior Chair Professor, College of Economics and Management, China Agriculture University, and former Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Andrea Gruber

Head Special Cargo, International Air Transportation Association (IATA)

Maximo Torero

Chief Economist and Assistant Director-General of the Economic and Social Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Alan Wolff

Deputy Director-General of the WTO
Virtual Remarks


Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Webcast

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the Trade Dialogues on Food do not in any way reflect the official position of the WTO or its members.

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