Book: Agricultural trade interests and challenges at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires: A Southern Cone perspective


by PIM | January 2, 2018

The new book edited by Valeria Piñeiro and Martín Piñeiro focuses on presenting some of the main themes that are pending in the WTO negotiations, with an emphasis on the views and perspectives of the Southern Cone countries. These countries’ interests and perspectives are influenced by the importance of agriculture in their economies and by the important role they play as the largest net food exporters. The first part of the book presents the main issues included in the three main Pillars of the Agreement on Agriculture which are still unresolved and that are of special interest for the Southern Cone countries. The second part presents two themes that, although having been discussed, have not been seriously considered in the WTO deliberations to date – the elimination of export restrictions in food products and the incorporation of environmental disciplines in the WTO agenda. Finally, the third part presents some conclusions, suggestions, and recommendations.

"This publication, which is the product of joint efforts between the Bolsa de Cereales, Fundación INAI, GPS, ICTSD, IFPRI and IICA, comes at a time of crucial importance for the future of agricultural trade around the world, a time when there is need to create new paradigms to preserve what has been gained, and a time to provide solutions to those challenges that remain unresolved."

Miguel Garcia-Winder
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Representative to the United States
Head of the Center for Strategic Analysis for Agriculture (CAESPA)

The future of the global agri-food trade and the WTO [Download]
Chapter 1: Options for WTO Negotiations on Agriculture Domestic Support [Download]
Chapter 2: MC11: A new opportunity to reduce distortions in the global agricultural trade system [Download]
Chapter 3: WTO 11th Ministerial Conference – Buenos Aires: What’s at stake for  domestic support in the context of agricultural negotiations [Download]
Chapter 4: Public stockholding programs: what options for a permanent solution? [Download]
Chapter 5: WTO 11th Ministerial Conference – Buenos Aires: contributions on market access [Download]
Chapter 6: Export Subsidies after Nairobi [Download]
Chapter 7: A Proposal for the Elimination of Export Restrictions on Food Products [Download]
Chapter 8: Looking at Export Tariffs and Export Restrictions: The Case of Argentina Accelerating tariff elimination through beneficial environmental food products [Download]
Chapter 9: The link between agricultural trade, climate change and food security Tariff elimination for environmentally efficient agricultural goods (EEAG) [Download]
Some thoughts and proposals for a way forward  [Download]


Piñeiro, Valeria, ed.; and Piñeiro, Martín, ed. 2017. Agricultural trade interests and challenges at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires: A Southern Cone perspective. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) et al.: San Jose, Costa Rica.

This document is the result of a joint effort by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Group of Producing Countries from the Southern Cone (GPS), Institute for International Agricultural Negotiations Foundation (INAI), Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). 

Chapters 2 and 8 of this book were undertaken as part of, and funded by, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The opinions expressed herein belong to the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of PIM, IFPRI, or the CGIAR.

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