Markets and Trade

Trade Policy and Partnerships

Trade and trade policy can significantly impact food security, nutrition and employment. FAO promotes transparency and efficiency in food and agricultural commodity markets and in trade by supporting its Members with evidence building, capacity development, technical assistance, and facilitation of policy dialogue events. FAO also promotes sustainable production and trade by facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships in agricultural value chains. For instance, FAO supports the World Banana Forum (WBF), a successful multi-stakeholder platform.

Trade, food security and sustainable development

The 2030 Agenda recognizes that trade is key to addressing food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. International agri-food trade can help balance food deficits and surpluses across countries, improve availability of diverse foods, and contribute to price stability.



Trade Policy and Trade Agreements

FAO assists its Members to implement trade agreements and to prepare for trade negotiations, through studies, analyses, training and experience sharing, thus supporting countries’ effective participation in the multilateral trading system and promoting the benefits of trade to be shared by all.



Trade in an evolving context: international standards, innovation and digitalization

FAO supports its Members through evidence-building on emerging issues and provides technical assistance in response to demands relating to food safety and trade facilitation, trade digitalization, and innovation, among others.



Public-private partnerships for sustainable trade

The World Banana Forum (WBF) connects participants from across the global banana value-chain to achieve best practices for sustainable production and trade.