ROME, ITALY — The director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo, will visit the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Nov. 2 and address country representatives, UN staff and media on the agriculture-related agreements being negotiated at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Dec. 15-18.

Among the envisioned outcomes are steps on export competition in agriculture that have long been a priority for developing countries and could become the WTO's most significant negotiated outcome on agriculture to date.

Other key issues at the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, which has been billed as a milestone for the future of WTO, will be important in facilitating the role of agriculture in development and improving the lives of people in least developed countries (LDC).

Azevêdo is expected to speak on these and other issues related to agriculture and trade as well as the partnership between WTO and FAO to achieve shared goals.