Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 44th Plenary Session: Side Event on Trade, Investment, and Food Security

Date: October 12, 2017, 1:00pm-2:30pm local (Rome) time
Location: Rome, Italy

Policies and laws that govern trade and investment can have profound impacts on strategies for promoting food security and nutrition. While trade and investment can bring a range of benefits that may help to increase inclusive economic growth and improve livelihoods, secure greater access to food at more stable prices, and open or expand markets for smallholders, these benefits are not automatic. Indeed, where trade and investment are poorly governed, increased flows can undermine states’ food security commitments and obligations, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), binding international human rights treaties, and other legal and policy instruments. Given the profound implications that trade and investment agreements can have for global and national sustainable development priorities, calls for improvement of these legal regimes have increased in recent years. As trade and investment agendas and policies are reformed, strong consideration must be given to food security and nutrition objectives to enable meaningful and effective alignment of trade, investment and food security policies and obligations.

To discuss these issues, CCSI, together with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is co-organizing a panel discussion at the Committee on World Food Security’s (CFS) 44th Plenary Session. Key issues for discussion include: key regulatory shifts and policies that are needed to ensure food security and improved nutrition; ways in which these regulatory shifts and policies may be impacted by trade and investment; and possible options for resolving or avoiding negative impacts or conflicting priorities/ obligations created or exacerbated by the trade and investment regimes. Side event attendees will also be encouraged to share their insights and experiences on ways in which trade and investment can be governed to promote, rather than undermine, efforts to end hunger, achieve food security, and enhance nutrition.

This side event will take place on Thursday, October 12th from 1-2.30pm local (Rome) time.

For further information about the 44th CFS Plenary Session, including the full side event timetable (when available), see here.