For the first time in the history of the World Trade Organization (WTO) members and observers have endorsed a collective initiative to increase the participation of women in trade. The “Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women Economic Empowerment” was adopted at the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2017. 121 members of the World Trade Organisation confirmed that a common approach on a multilateral level is needed to increase women’s participation in international trade.
So far, this issue has not been tackled with a particular view on international agricultural trade. Therefore, the panel of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Germany wants to close this gap and discuss the topic trade and women economic empowerment from a specific agricultural perspective. We believe that an inclusive agricultural trade is essential to help to increase women’s incomes and thus reduces hunger and poverty. This perfectly complements this year’s GFFA discussion on how international trade can ensure global food security.
The panel will focus in its discussion on the removal of barriers that women still face in agricultural trade. It will also debate on how to increase the participation of women famers in agricultural trade and to ensure that women can benefit more equally from global agri-food value chains and market opportunities.
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)