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Trade and food security

The relationship between trade policy reforms and food security has been a topic of long-standing debate, that has resulted in various views on issues such as food self-sufficiency and trade orientation. Research and experience shows that the nature and magnitude of the linkage depends upon many factors, such as the pace and sequencing of the reform measures, the availability and quality of physical and human resources and how well markets are functioning.

Selected publications

Articulating and mainstreaming agricultural trade policy and support measures
July 2011
This book is an output of the FAO project, Articulating and mainstreaming agricultural trade policy and support measures, implemented during 2008-2010. The study is based on case studies for five countries - Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. 

Agricultural trade policy and food security in the Caribbean: structural issues, multilateral negoitations and competitiveness
Rome, 2007
The book examines various dimensions of trade policy and related issues of relevance to the countries in the CARICOM/CARIFORUM.

Trade reforms and food security: country case studies and synthesis
Rome, 2006
Between 1999 and 2002 FAO undertook a series of 23 country case studies to evaluate the impact of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) on agricultural trade and food security in developing countries.

Trade reforms and food security: Conceptualizing the linkages
June 2003
The purpose of this publication is to inform the research that underpins policy analysis, and the negotiations and/or prescriptions that follow, such that these enhance, rather than worsen, the food security status of poor countries.

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