Virtual Event: Agriculture & WTO in the time of a pandemic: Looking towards MC12

Global agricultural production and trade, though relatively stable during the pandemic, are soon expected to be severely impacted. FAO has pointed towards the threats to food security, livelihoods and incomes and the need for corrective financial & trade policies. Key outstanding issues are on the table as we go towards the 12th Ministerial. There are also new recommendations from 2020 suggesting an open trade regime. However addressing the real needs of the pandemic necessitates a methodical assessment of the current needs via a vis the current negotiations, mapping of the range of Member States’ positions and designing a responsive architecture for agriculture. The Working Session will explore; how the MC12 can address the additional challenges posed by the pandemic, and what a reshaped agricultural trade agreement or negotiations spanning outstanding issues on the table along with newer solutions could look like, and what will be its key elements and principles. 

Join Society for International Development, Third World Network, and Madhyam for this session during the WTO Public Forum 2021 (28 September- 1st October). 

This time, you can participate in the Public Forum 2021 by registering virtually. 

Register to participate BEFORE Sept 27 here:

ALL SESSIONS will be livestreamed at

ALL SESSIONS will have interpretation into Spanish and French.

30th September, 11.30 am Geneva, WTO Public Forum 2021


Fenny Maharani | First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to  the United Nations Office in Geneva, Coordinator of the G33 on Agriculture, and Facilitator, Working Group on Domestic Support

Ogwuche Sunday |Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to  the United Nations Office in Geneva and Coordinator of the African Group on Agriculture

Abhijit Das | Head, Centre for WTO Studies, New Delhi, India

Stefano Prato | Managing Director, Socety for International Development

Moderator: Ranja Sengupta| Senior Researcher TWN and Head,TWN Trust India