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IPC News Releases: 

New IPC Publications: Biosafety Protocol Implementation Costs

Washington DC - 3 March 2006

The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) has published two technology issue briefs on China and Brazil, examining the costs of implementing different documentation requirements envisaged under the Biosafety Protocol (BSP) for shipments of living modified organisms intended for direct use as food or feed or processing (LMOs-FFP). Focusing on a major importer (China) and exporter (Brazil) of agricultural commodities, the briefs highlight BSP implementation costs for each country under the different potential documentation requirements for the identification of LMOs-FFP. Click here for news release

Click here for issue brief on China

Click here for issue brief on Brazil


IPC Welcomes Charlotte Hebebrand as New CEO

Washington DC - 2 February, 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: 

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.

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.

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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