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Emerging issues in agricultural trade

Smallholder market integration
We look at patterns and what determines participation in markets by smallholders and the challenges they can face in accessing alternative markets. This informs the design of policy interventions and institutional improvements to support inclusive market and value chain development. read more...

Volatility in agricultural markets
FAO is concerned about the impact of price volatility on international and domestic markets, and on the capacity of countries to cope with an increasingly unpredictable environment and still ensure the food security of their populations. Recognizing that devising and implementing effective policies requires a deep understanding of the nature, causes and effects of price volatility. read more...

Foreign investments in agriculture
The level of investment in agriculture is positively correlated with production growth, poverty reduction and food security. Regrettably, the evidence shows a declining trend over the last decades on the levels of agricultural investment in developing countries, notably public spending and overseas development aid. read more...

Climate change
Climate change is expected to significantly alter food production patterns, productivity and yields, creating new challenges for global food security and for sustainable management of scarce land and water resources. read more...