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World Trade Organization

Reuters/Garry Lotulung - A customer checks the quality of rice while shopping at the Cipinang rice market in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 22, 2016.

Blog Post

The WTO’s decision to end agricultural export subsidies is good news for farmers and consumers

February 8, 2016, Heinz Strubenhoff

In December 2015, World Trade Organization ministers agreed to abolish export subsidies for agriculture. Heinz Strubenhoff explains what led to this decision, and what the implications are for farmers and consumers around the world.

  • In the News

    The WTO, since it launched the current round of trade negotiations in 2001, has had a series of failed ministerial meetings and it’s become clear that making progress on achieving an outcome on trade is becoming increasingly difficult in the WTO. The current set of agreements are probably, in a way, the easiest and least ambitious, although they will produce important gains.

    December 9, 2013, Joshua P. Meltzer, Voice of Russia
  • In the News

    [Roberto Azevêdo] knows how the system works, how to get a deal done. But he has been saddled by the positions that he has had to take as Brazil’s ambassador. During the Doha round Brazil has not always been the most constructive contributor.

    April 26, 2013, Joshua P. Meltzer, Financial Times
  • In the News

    Once [Russia] joins the WTO, this is going to be a congressional sanction on U.S. companies. You may be unhappy with Russian behavior on other issues, but I can't see anything that continued coverage by Jackson-Vanik is achieving for us.

    May 9, 2012, Steven Pifer, National Journal
  • Interview | Marketplace, American Public Media

    The Impact of Rising Global Food Prices

    February 13, 2008, Homi Kharas

  • Interview

    The Doha Round: Now Where Are We Headed?

    December 5, 2005, Lael Brainard

  • Interview | The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU)

    U.S. Steel Tariffs

    November 11, 2003, Lael Brainard, Sara Fitzgerald and Terrence Straug