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The IPC’s Mission

The International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) is dedicated to developing and advocating policies that support an efficient and open global food system, that promotes the economically and environmentally sustainable production and distribution of safe, accessible food supplies to the world’s growing population.

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The IPC accomplishes its mission by:

  • Convening influential policy-makers, agribusiness executives, farm leaders and academics;
  • Clarifying complex issues and exploring solutions;
  • Building consensus on pragmatic solutions to food and agricultural trade debates;
  • Influencing stakeholders through practical and prescriptive policy advice;
  • Communicating IPC recommendations to governments and stakeholders.

The IPC’s members are:

  • Influential and experienced in agricultural trade policy;
  • Committed to finding solutions to global food and agricultural trade challenges;
  • Representative of the geographic diversity of global agriculture;
  • Representative of the entire food chain from producer to consumer.

The IPC provides:

  • Pragmatic and authoritative policy analysis and advice to trade negotiators and agricultural policymakers;
  • A rational forum to discuss the emotional and political issues surrounding trade in food and agriculture.

The IPC’s History

The IPC was founded in 1987. Its first Chairman was Lord Henry Plumb, former President of the European Parliament and a highly respected international farm leader. The IPC played an important role during the Uruguay Round, developing recommendations and serving as a sounding board for negotiators during the talks.

 

The Rationale for the IPC

In 1999, anti-globalization protestors and disgruntled developing countries undermined the launch global trade negotiations in Seattle. In 2001, the Doha Development Agenda was launched, amid keen recognition of the global trade system’s importance to developing countries, and conversely, the importance of developing countries to the global trade system.

Food and agricultural trade is at the heart of the Doha Development Agenda. Yet, high agricultural subsidies persist in OECD countries, and barriers to trade in food and agriculture between developed and developing countries and between developing countries remain high. The emergence of new issues, such as food safety, biotechnology, geographic indicators and animal welfare, complicate the agricultural trade policy agenda.

Continued anti-globalization sentiment and rising protectionism in many countries threaten trade liberalization. Yet, the global food and agricultural system must continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the world’s increasing population.

There is a dearth of leadership on the global stage in support of open food and agricultural systems. The International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council provides a strong voice for continued agricultural and food trade liberalization.

The IPC’s Substantive Agenda