MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE: NINTH SESSION, BALI, 3-6 DECEMBER 2013
11 December 2013
Ministerial Decision of 7 December 2013
The Ministerial Conference,
Having regard to paragraph 1 of Article IX of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization;
Decides as follows:
Members recognize the contribution that General Services programmes can make to rural development, food security and poverty alleviation, particularly in developing countries. This includes a range of General Services programmes relating to land reform and rural livelihood security that a number of developing countries have highlighted as particularly important in advancing these objectives. Accordingly, Members note that, subject to Annex 2 of the Agreement on Agriculture, the types of programmes listed below could be considered as falling within the scope of the non-exhaustive list of general services programmes in Annex 2, paragraph 2 of the AoA.
General Services programmes related to land reform and rural livelihood security, such as:
i. land rehabilitation;
ii. soil conservation and resource management;
iii. drought management and flood control;
iv. rural employment programmes;
v. issuance of property titles; and
vi. farmer settlement programmes
in order to promote rural development and poverty alleviation.