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Agricultural Policies and Food Security



Paris, France | 1 August 2017

Agriculture is a key sector for the achievement of many UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger and promote prosperity and people’s wellbeing. In China, as well as in other economies, agriculture will continue to play a pivotal role, not only as a provider of food, but also as a source of income for many households. 

Food insecurity remains a complex and multidimensional global issue, relating to food availability, access to affordable food, the effective use by people of the food that they consume, and the stability of these elements over time. According to FAO estimates, in 2014-16, 793 million people were undernourished worldwide, with a greater number consuming food in levels and ways considered inadequate for an active and healthy life. While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to be burdened with undernourishment and various forms of malnutrition. Moreover, the stability and reliability of food supplies are at risk in a range of regions and climate zones, primarily due to the effects of climate change.

The main objective of this workshop - organised jointly by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture (ATPC), OECD, ICTSD, with the technical collaboration of FAO and in co-operation with other international organisations - was to discuss and explore options for devising a comprehensive policy framework able to address food security challenges, in a context of evolving agricultural markets.


Documents and presentations



Session I: Global food demand and supply: challenges and opportunites for enhancing food security

  • The future of food and agriculture: trends, challenges and scenarios for alternative development pathways- By Lorenzo Giovanni Bellù
  • Long term scenarios for global food and agriculture: alternative futures to 2050- By Frank van Tongeren


Session II: Multilateral trading system and food security

  • Implications of changing markets and policies- By Jared Greenville
  • WTO agricultural trade rules and food security- By Xu Hongyuan
  • Prospects for advancing SDG2 in the run-up to the WTO's eleventh ministerial conference and beyond- By Jonathan Hepburn


Session III: Agricultural policy reform: implications for the sustainability of the agro-food system in China

  • Developments in agricultural policies through the OECD support indicators- By Silvia Sorescu
  • Agricultural policies in China: past experience, recent reform and teh way forward- By Jikun Huang


Session IV: Implications and scenarios for China's agricultural supply side reforms

  • Medium-term impact of policy reforms in the Chinese grain sector: simulation results from the Aglink-Cosimo model- By Holger Matthey
  • Alternative scenario for China's grain policy: impact assessment based on OECD PEM model- By Shingo Kimura
  • Supply-side structural reform of China's agriculture- By Xingqing Ye


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If you have questions regarding this workshop, please contact the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (OECD).


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