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USA and Cairns Group Farmers call for a big result

14 September 2003

We, the Cairns Group Farm Leaders and the USA farmer groups listed below have come together to urge Ministers here at Cancun to take a more courageous approach to reforming world agricultural trade than the proposals that are presently being considered.

We endorsed the proposals made by our governments in 2002 because they promised a better deal for farmers around the world.

At Doha, all Members of WTO agreed to bring about a substantial reduction in support and protection. Now, we want a decision at Cancun that keeps faith with that commitment and maintains momentum. This means:

  • clear decision to eliminate all forms of export subsidies
  • Substantial improvements to market access to be achieved by all countries in definite time-frames and including deep cuts to all tariff peaks and a significant expansion of tariff quotas.
  • The substantial reduction of trade-distorting domestic supports by all countries

Both developed and developing countries should contribute to achieving a balanced outcome in this round. We recognize that the Doha decision also called for special and differential treatment for developing countries.

Our farmers were led to expect a big expansion in their trading opportunities as a result of the decisions at Doha and we now look to Ministers to deliver.

  • American Soybean Association
  • USA Rice Federation
  • National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • National Pork Producers' Council
  • Wheat Export Trade and Education Committee
  • US Wheat Associates
  • National Cotton Council
  • National Barley Growers Association
  • US Grains Council
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Grain Sorghum Producers
  • American Farm Bureau Federation

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