Topic outline

  • Global and regional agreements set out the rules for countries’ trade policies and define the policy space available within agriculture for reaching food security objectives. Therefore, balancing the achievement of national policy objectives with the obligations under trade agreements is critical. This course informs the treatment of agriculture in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and regional trade agreements (RTAs) and aims to support policy makers to develop and implement appropriate agricultural development and food security strategies.

      • System Requirements

        The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

        The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

        • Audience

          This course is designed primarily for representatives from governments, for example Ministries of Agriculture, Trade, Economy and other entities directly involved in trade negotiations and in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policies and programmes. Private sector participants such as representatives of producer organizations or agro-industry as well as researchers interested in agricultural policy and trade analysis will also benefit from the course.

          • You will learn about

            • Main provisions of the WTO AoA on market access, domestic support and export competition
            • Key concerns in the agriculture negotiations of the Doha Round, focusing on the outcomes from previous WTO Ministerial Conferences
            • Significance of non-tariff measures (NTMs) for international trade and the WTO agreements that deal with such measures, particularly Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
            • Trends in RTAs and their provisions on policy areas relevant to agricultural trade, compared to those of multi-lateral trade agreements

            • Course structure

              The course consists of 8 lessons, ranging from approximately 25 to 75 minutes duration each, grouped into three units:

              Unit 1 - World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture (AoA)".
              • Lesson 1.1 – Agriculture in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO AoA provisions on Market Access
              • Lesson 1.2 – The WTO AoA provisions on Domestic Support and Export Competition
              • Lesson 1.3 – The WTO AoA implementation and the Doha Round negotiations

              Unit 2 - Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) in agriculture and related WTO agreements
              • Lesson 2.1 – Introduction to NTMs in agriculture, the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures
              • Lesson 2.2 – The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement and other related rules

              Unit 3 - Agriculture in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)
              • Lesson 3.1 – Trends in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)
              • Lesson 3.2 – RTA provisions on tariffs, TRQs, SPS and TBT
              • Lesson 3.3 – RTA provisions on Export Restrictions, Export Duties and Rules of Origin

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