The Food Chain Analysis Network (FCAN) seeks to convene experts in agro-food system analysis to gather and exploit data on consumer food expenditures. These data have the potential to shed light on a wide range of issues related to the functioning of the food chain, including the socio-economic determinants of food choices and hence derived health outcomes.

The current structure of the FCAN seeks participation by national experts from government ministries and related institutions providing policy analysis. Those experts are invited to participate based on their experience in the collection and analysis of consumer data that can be used to inform food and agricultural policies.

In broad terms, the food demand focus is expected to complement the agricultural supply perspective, facilitating a coherent view of the functioning of the agro-food chain and identification of associated policy priorities. This orientation means that the FCAN will now play a more upstream role, feeding other mechanisms that OECD has for engaging with policy makers and stakeholders across the agro-food system.

Meeting of 2 May 2017

This meeting focussed on information needs for policies to encourage healthier food choices (Agenda, Summary Record).

Participants discussed:

(i) The type of data and analysis needed to inform policies that encourage healthier choices in food consumption behaviour.

(ii) Developping a strategy to gather and analyse such data across OECD and partner countries

Documents and presentations made available at this meeting can be consulted here

FCAN nominated experts can also consult the password protected site

FCAN has conducted annual meetings since 2010. Documents, presentations and summaries are available under Meetings.

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