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: 13-14 October 2015

The 2nd joint meeting of OECD’s Expert Group on the Economics of Prevention and Food Chain Analysis Network took place on the 13th of October 2015 in the OECD Conference Centre. It focused on “The Food Chain and Consumers”.

The meeting addressed issues related to consumer trends in the food sector, how actors along the food chain from farmers to retailers are adapting to those trends and the role of the public sector in encouraging the adjustment of the food sector to move in the direction of healthier products.

In addition, a special session of the Food Chain analysis Network took place on the 14th of October. It focused on price transparency along the food chain and consisted of two roundtable discussions. This special session allowed OECD Member Governments and other stakeholders from the private sector and civil society to provide case studies of successful policies and initiatives, debate the relative merits of alternative approaches and learn from each other.

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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