DDG Paugam: Trade is essential in responding to food security crisis

In a video message to the 2023 China Agricultural Outlook Conference on 20 April, Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam highlighted the importance of open trade in responding to food market shocks and building long-term resilience to the food crisis. China could play a leading role in revitalizing farm talks at the WTO as members gear up for the 13th Ministerial Conference in February 2024, said DDG Paugam. These talks are key to helping agri-food systems adapt to the new challenges of our time, he added. The full text of his speech is below.