1st OECD Food Chain Network Meeting - December 2010
Introduction to the Network
The OECD Committee for Agriculture’s included in its 2011-12 programme of work, the establishment of Food Chain Network of government officials, industry stakeholders, NGOs, other IGOs and academic experts to provide a broader platform for dialogue on emerging issues, analytical work and policy experiences. Industry participation is to be coordinated through the OECD Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) with efforts to engage more of the downstream distribution and retail actors.
Initial discussions with member countries on broad themes to be addressed by the Network lead to an inaugural Network planning meeting, held on 13 December 2010 in Paris to flesh out the issues and help develop a work plan. The Secretariat prepared a summary of these discussions (with considerable input from participants) and proposed a number of Network activities, which were discussed again with member countries in early March 2011.
The proposed activities were seen as consistent with the issues and concerns raised at the inaugural meeting. It was agreed to start with the first two activities on food price monitoring and on building a sustainable food chain. The other activities will be launched over time as resources and opportunities permit.
For the benefit of participants in the December 13 meeting, and others who may have an interest in participating in the Network, the note below reproduces the summary record of the meeting and the proposed Network activities.
Additional information can be obtained from the Secretariat by contacting the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate.