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Intergovernmental Groups

The subsidiary intergovernmental groups (IGGs) of the Committee were established to focus on trade issues for individual commodities. Coverage has shifted over time to reflect changing market and institutional factors affecting commodities – from distribution issues to new emerging issues, such as surplus and price volatility.

Producing and consuming countries take part in the IGGs forums for intergovernmental consultation and exchange on trends in production, consumption, trade and prices of key commodities, including regular appraisal of the global market situation and short-term outlook. The IGGs consider changes in policies and examine their effects relating to the current and prospective market situation.

Technical side events are also organized in conjunction with these Groups to facilitate a dialogue between FAO delegates, international policy makers and the private sector.

The IGG Sessions are open to official delegates and observers only - appointed by an FAO Member Nation or an Associate Member. Delegations from other UN Members, which are not Members or Associate Members of FAO, may also attend sessions as an observer.