In 2012, the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) began a four year project working with others in stepping back from the WTO agriculture negotiations to explore some questions at the heart of defining the purpose, structure and directions of governance of trade and investment in agriculture.
QUNO believes that by placing livelihoods and dignity alongside sustainability, resilience and food security as the central objectives of trade and investment for agriculture, and taking account of new global challenges, it is possible to envision a New Framework for Trade and Investment in Agriculture (NFTIA) that would better enable the world to meet peoples’ long-term food security needs.
In early 2014, QUNO convened an off the record expert consultation, in which different actors were able to share and develop ideas about the development of a new framework for trade and investment in agriculture and strategize on a shared plan for change.
The consultation focused on two themes:
- Previous civil society efforts to change the paradigm of trade and investment in agriculture
- A review of changes in food systems since the conclusion of the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture and other trade agreements, to better understand the current climate, need and potential for change so that trade and investment rules support all people's food security.
These two discussion areas provided a foundation to share and develop ideas about possibly developing a new framework that would better support food security. The presentations shared during the consultation are available below.
- Jennifer Clapp - International Finance and Investment in Agriculture: Trends and Prospects
- Mathilde Douillet - Shifts and emerging trends in commodity production and trade flows
- Stephen Sherwood - 'Stateless State' and self-organization as a policy resource
Throughout 2014 we will continue to hold consultations with key stakeholders to work towards the development of the new framework. QUNO is gathering related papers and blog pieces, which are shared on this page. If you would like further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A New Framework for Trade and Investment in Agriculture – QUNO`s vision
- Draft Mapping of Alternative Proposals
Opinions expressed in the papers and blog pieces shared in the collection of links below do not necessarily reflect those of QUNO, but are provided instead to offer additional background and context to the issues and debate surrounding agricultural trade and investment.
- Richard Hummelbrunner and Harry Jones – Background note: A guide for planning and strategy development in the face of complexity
- Harry Jones – Complexity 101: Behind the hype, what do we actually know?
- Sophia Murphy – Free Trade in Agriculture: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come
- Kate Raworth – Who`s looking beyond growth?
- Timothy A. Wise – Malawi's paradox: Filled with both corn and hunger
More to be uploaded soon…