Topic outline

This course introduces the background of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and structure of the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), and it discusses the outcomes of recent WTO Ministerial Conferences.


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.

  • The main principles of the multilateral trading system with respect to agriculture.
  • The main elements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and its provisions on Market Access, Domestic Support, and Export Competition.
  • The implementation of the WTO AoA and the agriculture negotiations of the Doha Round focusing on the most recent WTO Ministerial Conferences.

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 55 to 75 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1: Agriculture in the GATT and the WTO AoA provisions on market access
  • Lesson 2: The WTO AoA provisions on Domestic Support and Export Competition
  • Lesson 3: The WTO AoA implementation and the Doha Round Negotiations

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

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