IGTC information sharing: Covid-19



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The International Grain Trade Coalition

The International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) is a not-for-profit association. Its purpose is to provide representation and share expertise on the commercial requirements and economics of the world's food, feed and processing industries. 

The IGTC’s overarching objective is to achieve a market and regulatory environment supportive of trade that avoids disruptions in the international trade of grain, oilseeds, pulses and derived products. 

Trade associations and councils around the world working to support trade of grains, oilseeds, pulses and other agri-bulks join forces under the guidance of their more than 8000 members in 85 countries who are Corporate Stakeholders in IGTC.

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For-profit entities supporting IGTC are welcome to be identified as IGTC Corporate Stakeholders and help guide our work. Trade associations and Councils working to support international trade of grains, oilseeds, pulses and other agri-bulks are welcome to apply for IGTC membership. IGTC also seeks partnership with governmental bodies, other international interest groups and academic institutions. Please contact us at: Secretariat@IGTCglobal.org to begin your participation with IGTC.  

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01.08.2020 FAO Covid Recovery Program
The U.N’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) has introduced the “COVID-19 Response and Recovery Program”, with a goal of preventing a global food emergency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic while working on medium to long-term development response for food security and nutrition. FAO’s Program FAO calls for immediate action in seven key priority areas:

•    Reinforce a Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19
•    Improve Data for Decision-making
•    Ensure Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty
•    Bolster Trade and Food Safety Standards
•    Boost Smallholder Resilience for Recovery
•    Prevent the Next Zoonotic Pandemic through a strengthened One Health Approach
•    Trigger Food Systems Transformation

FAO is working on convening governments and multiple stakeholders to put the program into action. Read more here.  

30.06.2020 WTO SPS Committee: Request for delay in reduction of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs)
On 30 June IGTC took part in an online meeting between Latin American delegations at WTO and the International Agri Food Network (IAFN) Coalition for an Enhanced Codex. The agenda focussed on the impacts of misaligned, missing and non-science based MRLs to manage crop protection products, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The consultation between the private sector and Latin American countries came after Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay and some 25+ others tabled a request for the suspension of entry into force of reductions in MRLs at the June 2020 WTO SPS Committee.

During the 30 June meeting, private sector speakers presented evidence from different parts of the value chain including animal health, pistachios, crop protection, tea and herbs and tropical fruits. The grains sector and IGTC speaker was María Marta Rebizo from the Argentine chambers of the oilseeds industry and cereals exporters (CIARA-CEC). The IGTC’s Advocacy Strategy on MRLs includes outreach at WTO.

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