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IPC Press Releases: 

IPC Welcomes Charlotte Hebebrand as New CEO

Washington - February 2, 2006

The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) welcomes Charlotte Hebebrand as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective 6 February 2006. She succeeds outgoing Chief Executive and IPC co-founder M. Ann Tutwiler, who has joined The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation after nearly twenty years of dedicated service to the IPC. Read More


IPC Welcomes Signs of Progress in WTO Negotiations

Washington - December 20, 2005

The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) welcomes the WTO’s Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration as a sign of progress in the current trade negotiations. “Given the low expectations ahead of the Hong Kong Ministerial, the deal the negotiators finally reached provides a surprisingly useful foundation to move the Doha Round forward,” said IPC Chief Executive M. Ann Tutwiler. Read More


IPC Issue Brief:  Building on the July Framework Agreement:  Options for Agriculture

In the months of June and July, WTO agricultural negotiators will be working toward a “first approximation” of the detailed modalities to be agreed in Hong Kong in December 2005. The “first approximation” will be based on the July Framework Agreement, reached in 2004.

Briefings have been and will be held in London (June 15), Geneva (June 16), Sevilla, Brussels (June 23), Washington, DC (June 28), Gleneagles (G8 Summit), Beijing, Wellington, Canberra, Buenos Aires and Brasilia.  For more information, please contact the Secretariat at

The following links access various segments and materials of the IPC's commissioned papers on WTO Options. The papers are also currently available on the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) website.

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IPC Issue Brief:
The US Farm Bill and the Doha Negotiations: On Parallel Tracks or a Collision Course?

By Robert L. Thompson      Full Paper (693 KB)

From the mid-1980s through the 1990s, the United States undertook major initiatives in domestic agricultural policy reform and global agricultural trade liberalization. The 1996 Farm Bill moved US farm policy far toward market-orientation. Simultaneously, during the Uruguay Round trade negotiations the United States was a strong advocate for imposing significant disciplines on national agricultural policies that distort the locus of production and pattern of trade into the rules of international trade. However, the 2002 Farm Bill reversed this course, increasing government spending and intervention levels in US farm subsidies, making it difficult for the United States to play a leadership role in the early stages of the Doha Development Round. In the next two years the United States Congress and the Administration will write a new Farm Bill as the Doha Round of WTO trade negotiations concludes. With the Doha Development Round, the United States has another opportunity to use the international negotiations to reform US farm policy to meet the changing needs of American agriculture.

IPC Press Releases: 

IPC Members Frustrated Over WTO Negotiations

Hong Kong - December 16, 2005

Members of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) attending the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong expressed frustration over the stalemate on agricultural trade negotiations. "Ministers this week are negotiating blame – not trade," said IPC board member Pedro de Camargo at a panel held parallel to the WTO Ministerial. "The big issue in Hong Kong is who should be responsible for not delivering what was promised not only in Doha, but ten years ago in the Uruguay Round." Read More

WTO Must Seize the Chance to Consolidate Potential Gains in Agricultural Trade Negotiations

October 31, 2005

Meeting at 36th Plenary and Seminar of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from October 28 – 31, 2005, agricultural policy experts from around the world assessed the prospects of the Doha Development Round. The IPC members agreed that the proposals submitted by the United States, the European Union and the G20 in the last few weeks have broken the logjam that was holding back the Doha agricultural negotiations. “They are welcome signs of progress, but are not yet the basis for a final agreement at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong in December,” said Robert L. Thompson, IPC Chairman. “Even if the Hong Kong Ministerial cannot reach an agreement on the exact reduction commitments, the Ministers must still seize the chance to consolidate the gains on the table, although further movement is needed for a final agreement in 2006.”

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IPC Releases Issue Brief on US Farm Bill and Doha Negotiations

October 19, 2005

The IPC has published an Issue Brief entitled, "The US Farm Bill and the Doha Negotiations:  On Parallel Tracks or a Collision Course?"  With the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial only weeks away, the author, IPC Chairman Robert L. Thompson, discusses the impact of US farm policy on the Doha Round - and vice versa.  The paper was commissioned by the German Marshall Fund and will be formally launched at meetings with key negotiators, policy makers and stakeholders in Geneva and Brussels on October 24 and 25.

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The US and EU Proposals Are Good Starting Points for Negotiations Leading to the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial

October 12, 2005

The proposals offered by the United States and the European Union in Zurich have injected much needed momentum into the trade negotiations and reflect serious efforts to reach an agreement on agricultural reforms at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong. Following the European Union’s offer last year to agree to eliminate export subsidies, and the Group of Twenty’s offer on Market Access, the United States proposal brings another major player to the negotiating table. "Whilethe Doha Round gains new momentum with these proposals, many outstanding issues still need to be resolved until the Hong Kong Ministerial in December," commented M. Ann Tutwiler, Chief Executive of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council.

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USDA and USTR Appoints IPC Members to Advisory Committees

August 24, 2005

Three IPC members, Chairman Robert L. Thompson, Joe O'Mara and Rob Johnson, were appointed on Monday, August 22, by the US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and US Trade Representative Rob Portman to serve as advisors on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade (APAC).  IPC Chief Executive M. Ann Tutwiler was also appointed to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC) on Grains, Feed and Oilseeds.

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IPC Applauds Recent Progress on Agricultural Trade Negotiations: G-8 Call for Date to End Export Subsidies, G20 Proposal on Market Access, and US Proposal on End Illegal Cotton Subsidies Add Much-Needed Momentum

July 11, 2005

The approaching deadline for a “first approximation” of the Doha agricultural agreement has provided much needed momentum to these talks in advance of key deadlines this summer. The IPC applauds the commitment made last week at the G8 Summit to set a deadline for eliminating subsidized export competition in agriculture. 
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IPC Members Participate in Seminar at the G-8 Summit

July 11, 2005

IPC Vice Chairman Piet Bukman, Ajay Vashee and Rob Johnson participated in a seminar organized by the German Marshall Fund and Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa entitled "Raising Living Standards in Africa: A Role for the G8” held in Edinburgh, parallel to the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, on Wednesday, July 6 to Friday, July 8, 2005. Their remarks focused on the links between trade reforms, poverty alleviation and domestic policies, themes discussed in the recently released IPC study "Making Agricultural Trade Reform Work for the Poor”.
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IPC Expresses Deep Disappointment  Over USDA Decision on Cotton

July 5, 2005

The International Policy Council commends USDA for announcing plans to meet the July 1st deadline for changing cotton export credit programs to comply with one part of the WTO ruling against United States cotton programs.  But IPC  is disappointed the USDA did not propose reforms to the far more important Step II payments—which the WTO found were suppressing world cotton prices.
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Global Agricultural Leaders Issue Advice, Warnings on Next Step for Agricultural Trade Talks

June 22, 2005

“The IPC presented its advice on the Doha Round of agricultural trade negotiations in Geneva on June 16, 2005, in attendance of Tim Groser, chairman of the agricultural negotiating committee of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and several members of delegations from developed and developing countries. Based on three papers prepared by the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, the IPC provided WTO negotiators and other interested stakeholders with an independent analysis of options for elaborating the July Framework Agreement as the trade talks move towards the development of concrete negotiating modalities at the Hong Kong Ministerial in December 2005.  Read More


IPC 35th Plenary Meeting Keynote Address Summary, May 23rd, 2005:  Long Yongtu, Former Vice Minister and Chief Representative for Trade Negotiations of China's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, spoke about the changing environment of Chinese agriculture and trade.  Click here






The 36th IPC Seminar 

 International Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia

Monday, October 31, 2005

9:00 to 17:30

Sofitel Plaza Hotel
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi, Vietnam

Click Here for Information and Registration

IPC Reviews the EU's Proposed Sugar Reforms

On June 22, the European Commission released its plan to reform policies on sugar. The IPC takes a brief look at what prompted these reforms, what they entail and the reactions of various groups.

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IPC Technology Issue Brief: The Potential Impacts of the Biosafety Protocol on Agricultural Commodity Trade
by Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes

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Press Release

IPC Chairman, Robert L. Thompson discussed "Global Changes Exerting Pressure on Farm Policy" with Farmweek, an Illinois Farm Bureau publication, June 9, 2005. A summary of his conversation is available at

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Updated September 16, 2005