The United States said on Tuesday it was prepared to examine how agricultural policy reform could boost global food security as part of a package of commitments at the World Trade Organization’s upcoming meeting in December.
“The United States agrees with India and other proponents that enhancing food security in developing countries is indeed an important issue for this body to address,” U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke said in Geneva, according to a text of his remarks released in Washington.
“Therefore, today we are stating our openness to a work program, to be agreed by Bali, on food security that can examine the full range of trade-related government measures that can contribute to that goal,” Punke said.
The U.S. outreach comes as WTO members are striving to agree on a “small package” of trade reforms at the group’s upcoming ministerial meeting in December in Bali.