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Report on Reforming Agriculture Trade Rules for Food Security Purposes and Protecting the Rights of Smallholder Producers

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In sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture accounts, on average, for over half of total employment and one fifth of gross domestic product (GDP). But higher prices pose challenges for net importers of these goods. There is also a growing concern that most developing countries are in food deficit today because of unfair trade through imports of subsidised products outcompeting national producers. Although public stockholding programs are considered a global ‘best practice’ in ensuring food security in developing countries, existing WTO rules do not allow developing countries to maintain domestic support in excess of 10 per cent of their national production (so-called de minimis levels). The post-Bali work program that includes agriculture is an opportunity for Africa to review trade policies that are able to address the plight of millions of small-scale producers who have been key players in meeting food demand. This event on “Reforming Agriculture Trade Rules for Food Security Purposes and Protecting the Rights of Smallholder Producers” aimed to discuss these issues. It was organised by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) on October 1, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the WTO Public Forum
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