The COVID-19 outbreak and its rapid spread caught many governments and agricultural producers by surprise, prompting immediate policy responses by WTO members. Many of the initial measures were expected to impact negatively on the agricultural sector.

South Africa must lead in revitalising a post-COVID-19 social compact for Southern Africa as a foundational inspiration for Africa’s socio-economic and democratic recovery. A core assumption held by observers of global affairs is that societies and economies benefit from close cooperation.

Members of the WTO are negotiating new rules on fisheries subsidies with the aim of concluding a multilateral agreement on this issue by the end of 2020. However, there is currently very little guidance available about the reform of fisheries subsidies, either in the context of a possible WTO agreement or to guide unilateral reform.

World trade is expected to fall by between 13% and 32% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts normal economic activity and life around the world. The wide range of possibilities for the predicted decline is explained by the unprecedented nature of this health crisis and the uncertainty around its precise economic impact. But WTO economists believe the decline will likely exceed the trade slump brought on by the global financial crisis of 2008-09.

Global trade rules on the support governments can provide to their farm sectors need urgent reform if countries are to make progress on Agenda 2030—and in particular on Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to end hunger and malnutrition, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture.

In September 2016, India dragged the U.S.

Food and beverages giant PepsiCo on Friday offered to settle lawsuits against nine Gujarat-based farmers whom it had filed suits over the issue of growing and selling a particular variety of potato

India had imposed safeguard duty of up to 25% on solar cells imports from China and Malaysia for two years to protect domestic players from a steep rise in inbound shipments

NEW DELHI: Public health activists fear that India, Brazil and other developing countries could be caving in to US pressure going by the latest version of the UN’s draft political declaration on tu

In 1995, India became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) incurring obligations to provide market access to goods from other countries.

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