World Summit on Food Security, Rome 16-18 November 2009: Declaration

Sectors : International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Agriculture trade
Organisation : FAO
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Agriculture - Agriculture trade

“21. We continue to be committed to the provision of, and the unhindered access to, safe emergency food and humanitarian assistance and support for the most vulnerable populations. We recognize the value of local purchase of food supplies, which supports local markets. We will remove food export restrictions or extraordinary taxes for food purchased for non-commercial humanitarian purposes, and will consult and notify in advance before imposing any such new restrictions.”

22. We will pursue policies and strategies that improve the functioning of domestic, regional and international markets and ensure equitable access for all, especially smallholders and women farmers from developing countries. We support WTO-consistent, non-trade-distorting special measures aimed at creating incentives for smallholder farmers in developing countries, enabling them to increase their productivity and compete on a more equal footing on world markets. We agree to refrain from taking measures that are inconsistent with the WTO rules, with adverse impacts on global, regional and national food security. We reiterate support to a timely, ambitious, comprehensive and balanced conclusion of the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations that would be important to improving food security. We also support the Aid for Trade Initiative to enable farmers and producers in developing countries to overcome their supply-side constraints in agriculture and improve their capacity to produce, process, and trade in agricultural products, and we call for full implementation of the Marrakech decision.”