The consultation will be used in developing a section of the 2015 edition of the FAO flagship publication “State of Commodity Markets”, which will address the topic “Trade and Food Security: formulating trade policy and crafting trade agreements”.
The issue of trade and food security has become central to many trade related debates, including the on-going multilateral trade negotiations. However, the issue has been interpreted in many different ways, making it difficult to determine exactly what countries are seeking when arguing for greater recognition of food security in the formulation of trade agreements. Additionally, the complex relationship between increased engagement in freer agricultural trade (often reflected in a change in trade and related policy) and food security is, in practice, conditioned by a multitude of factors, making it difficult to identify the relative merits of different approaches to managing trade and/or supporting agricultural sectors.
ECDPM’s Francesco Rampa made a presentation on “Measuring policy coherence for food security, what are the challenges?”