Introduction to the Food Chain Analysis Network

The Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is working on topics that are related to the functioning, the sustainability and the productivity of the global agro-food system.

The Food Chain Analysis Network (FCAN) was launched in December 2010 by the Working Party on Agricultural Policies and Markets of the OECD. It provides a platform for dialogue on issues concerning the food chain between government officials, private sector stakeholders, non-governmental organisations and academic experts. Industry participation is coordinated through the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC).

Previous meetings of the Network have dealt with the sustainability of the food chain and competition among stakeholders; consumer concerns over food quality, health and nutrition; the reduction of waste in the food system; and the enhancement of public and private partnerships for agricultural innovation.


Latest meeting: 23-24 June 2016

The 8th meeting of the Food Chain Analysis Network took place on 23-24 June 2016 at in the OECD Conference Centre. It focused on “Reducing food loss and waste in the retail and processing sectors”.

This time, after a stock take of progress since its meeting in 2013, the Network had a closer look at food waste in the retail and processing sectors. Issues of definition and measurement, possible causes and ways to reduce and valorise were discussed.

The Network has conducted annual meetings since its inception in 2010. Visit the meetings section to review documents, presentations and summaries.


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