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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Niebel demands end to agricultural export subsidies by 2013

High prices for food commodities, topping their 2008 record level, have been at the centre of the IMF’s and the Worldbank’s spring conference. German development minister Niebel commented: “Throughout discussions with officials of the Worldbank, it has become apparent that a conclusion of the Doha with a focus on development has become less likely given disagreements in other areas. At the same time, limits to commodity trade prevent millions of farmers in developing countries from leading a life in dignity and self-determination. Important investments to safeguard food security are lacking.” Pascal Lamy, director general of the WTO had reported that Doha negotiations were “on the brink of failure” due to disagreements with regard to customs for industrial goods. Niebel: “Given the rise of food prices that cost many lives every day, we need committed, fast action. Europe has to set an example and phase out agricultural export subsidies until 2013. I demand global free trade for agricultural products.”

Source: BMZ