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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

The aim of the WTO Trade Dialogues on Food is to create a conversation around the role of international trade in food security. The Trade Dialogues on Food invite experts from governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, think tanks and foundations, to debate the most topical issues in food trade. Each year the international trading system moves enough wheat, maize, rice and soybean to feed approximately three billion people around the globe.  Meanwhile, 190 million tons of fertilizer applied to farmland annually play a key role in helping us grow enough food to sustain our expanding population, with much of it traded on the international stage.  Climate change will make international trade even more central to food security, acting as a vital conduit for food from food-surplus to food-deficit nations in the wake of natural calamities. The Trade Dialogues on Food are designed to shed greater light on the complexity of the food trade nexus, creating a safe space for public policy debate.

Tuesday 5 October, 2-4 pm CET

'Food Miles': Do They Help or Hurt our Planet?

Speakers

Tara Garnett

Director of Table, Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food

Tim Benton

Director, Environment and Society Programme, Chatham House

Alexander Kasterine

Senior Advisor, Sustainable and Inclusion Value Chains Section, International Trade Center

Yi Fan Jiang

Head of Science and Regulatory Affairs, Food Industry Asia

Gabrielle Marceau

Counsellor for Research on Legal Policy, Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization

Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division


Thursday 1 April, 2-4 pm CET

Enabling Agricultural Trade; An Independent United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogue by the WTO Secretariat

Live streaming

Speakers

Marion Jansen

Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Geeta Sethi

Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems, World Bank

Arianna Giuliodori

Secretary-General, World Farmers' Organisation

Boubaker Ben-Belhassen

Director, Markets and Trade Division, FAO

Robbert de Vreede

Executive Vice-President Global Foods, Unilever

Berry Marttin

Member of Managing Board, Rabobank (responsible for International Rural and Retail Banking, Leasing, Sustainability)

WTO Representatives on Episode

Michael Roberts

Head, Aid-for-Trade Unit, WTO

Melvin Spreij

Head, Standards and Trade Development Facility

Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division


Thursday 25 February, 2-3.30 pm CET

The Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor; What Next for the African Continent?
A joint event by WTO-IFPRI-IISD

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Live streaming

Speakers

Chahir Zaki

Associate Professor of Economics (and Co-Editor of the Trade Monitor), Cairo University

Halima Noor

Senior Trade Advisor at the African Union

Elizabeth Nsimadala

President of the Pan-African Farmers Organization and the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation

Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Ambassador of South Africa to the WTO

Edwini Kessie

Director, Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO

Moderators

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division

Jonathan Hepburn

Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development


Thursday 19 November, 2-3.30 pm CET

The AOA@25, Teaser for WTO Agriculture Symposium 2020

Live streaming

Speakers

Sunanta Kangvalkulkij

Ambassador of Thailand to the WTO

Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Ambassador of South Africa to the WTO

Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla

Head of Latin American and Caribbean Program, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Robert Koopman

Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO

Edwini Kessie

Director, Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO

Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division


5 November, 2-3.30 pm CET

The Future of Food, Digitalization, Automation and COVID-19

Live streaming

Speakers

Maximo Torero

Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Sean de Cleene

Head of the Future of Food, World Economic Forum

Emma Weston

CEO & Co-Founder, AgriDigital

Oswaldo Loor

Founder and CEO, Shenzhen Drones

Ulla Kask

Counsellor, Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO

Moderator

Doaa Abdel-Motaal

Senior Counsellor, WTO Agriculture and Commodities Division


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

For tech achievement click here

Kikonde Mwatela

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Twiga Foods

For tech achievement click here

Kamal Yacub

CEO Trotro Tractor Ltd.

For tech achievement click here

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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