(b) The impact of reduction commitments on world trade in agriculture; The agreement has been criticized by civil society groups for reducing tariff protection for smallholder farmers, a key source of income in developing countries, while allowing rich countries to further subsidize domestic agriculture. Introduction to trade in agricultural products under the WTO Links to the Agriculture section of the WTO Guide « Understanding the WTO » (a) eligibility for these payments is determined by a loss of income that only takes into account agricultural incomes greater than 30% of the average gross income or equivalent of net income (excluding payments under the same or similar schemes) in the previous three-year period or an average of three years; the previous five-year period, without the highest and lowest entries. January 1995) a special status, since the sector has a specific agreement, the Agreement on Agriculture, whose provisions prevail. In addition, certain provisions of the Agreement on the Application of Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) also concern agricultural production and trade. The same applies to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) with regard to the protection of geographical indications. In addition, the provisions of the Agreement on Agriculture are complemented by the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and technical assistance mechanisms. The Member Transparency Toolkit includes information on notification formats and a manual on reporting obligations, as well as links to member engagement lists and other resources to support member transparency in agriculture. Policies in this category include expenditures (or loss of revenue) related to programs that provide services or benefits to agriculture or the rural community. .