1. Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: understand and identify the main provisions of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and of other WTO agreements that concern trade-related constraints and procedures; describe the treatment of agriculture in the Regional Trade Agreements; and contextualize each of the above to the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

2.Target Audience

This course is designed to assist representantatives from government and related authorities, who are directly involved in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policies and programmes in the ESA region. These may include oficials from Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries; Trade, Commerce, Industry; Finance, Economy; Food Safety, SPS Authorities; private sector representatives, and researchers.

3. Course Outline

This course is composed of four units, each of which comprises of one to three lessons.

  1. Agriculture in the WTO (Agreement on Agriculture)
  2. WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and other Agreements
  3. Agriculture in Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)
  4. Agriculture in Trade Agreements: Eastern and Southern Africa

Additional Information

This course is offered by FAO in collaboration with trapca. It will be provided free of charge and a UNITAR certificate of completion will be issued to participants who successfully complete all course-related assignments and assessments. Limited slots are available, and will be subject to a selection process taking into account in particular, the geographical distribution and gender balance. Participants would be requested to obtain permission to participate in the course from their direct supervisor. Participants who will show the strongest learning results will be invited by FAO to a follow-up face- to-face workshop on the theme of the course (limited slots available).