Food Security

Trade and Food Security: Linkages, Policies and Processes

16 December
13:30 - 15:00


TDS LIVE | Trade and Food Security: Linkages, Policies and Processes

Session objectives 

The issue of trade and food security has become central to many trade related debates, including the on-going multilateral trade negotiations. However, the complex relationship between more open agricultural trade and food security is conditioned by a multitude of factors, making it difficult to assess the relative merits of different approaches to managing trade and supporting agricultural sector development and to identify appropriate policy interventions. This, combined with the fact that the relationship has been interpreted in many different ways, has limited the extent to which global agreements and mechanisms have been able to provide adequate frameworks for guiding national level actions.

In December, FAO will release the 2015–16 edition of its Flagship Publication The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets (SOCO) which focuses on the issue of Trade and Food Security.

This session will consider how agricultural trade can contribute to improved food security, and especially address three key aspects developed in SOCO:
• The relationship between trade and food security
• Trade policies supportive of food security
• The global and national processes that guide the development of these policies


  • Trade Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat, World Trade Organization
  • Executive Director, Eastern Africa Grain Council
  • Senior Trade Economist, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization