What national farm policy trends could mean for efforts to update WTO rules on domestic support

Global trade rules on the support governments can provide to their farm sectors need urgent reform if countries are to make progress on Agenda 2030—and in particular on Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to end hunger and malnutrition, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture. Trade rules must balance the need to ensure that domestic support does not harm producers elsewhere with the need to increase public investment in agriculture and food systems. With the coronavirus pandemic and climaterelated volatility affecting global markets, improved rules on domestic support would also help improve stability and predictability in the global food system.