Doha negotiations on agriculture are conducted under the mandate agreed upon at the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, that calls for "substantial improvements in market access; reductions of, with a view to phasing out, all forms of export subsidies; and substantial reductions in trade-distorting domestic support."
This mandate, calling for ambitious results in three areas (so-called "pillars"), was augmented with specific provisions for agriculture in the framework agreed by the General Council on August 1, 2004, and at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference in December 2005.
The U.S. objectives for agriculture reform will continue to focus on the principles of greater harmonization across WTO Members, substantial overall reforms, and specific commitments of interest in key developed and developing country Member markets. The United States seeks balanced, ambitious results for each of the three pillars.
Additional information on the agriculture negotiations can be accessed through the WTO website.