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Charting the Course: Food Security & Trade in the Asia-Pacific & LAC Region

Co-hosted by IPC and the

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

May 17 - 18, 2012

Washington, DC

Full Agenda [PDF]

See the slideshow of photos from the seminar

The broader Asia-Pacific region—encompassing countries in Asia, North, Central and South America, and Oceania—accounts for more than half of both global GDP and the world’s food supply, includes key food exporters and importers, and encompasses populations with rising incomes and transforming diets, alongside subsistence agriculture and urban poor. It is not surprising that food and agricultural policy issues have moved front and center on the agendas of the region’s policymakers, farm groups, food industry and civil society.  Given its prominent role in both global food production and consumption, efforts to promote food security and forge new trade ties in the Asia-Pacific region will surely resonate around the world.

The IDB and IPC are pleased to convene a seminar to take stock of food policy related developments and initiatives in the region.  High-level speakers will include policymakers, private sector representatives and academics from the region and feature discussions about a number of food security, trade and regulatory initiatives occurring in the region.  Participants will actively engage in shaping recommendations aimed at promoting food security and a more open, productive and sustainable food and trade system.

Presentations and Remarks

Keynote Speakers:

  • The Honorable Tim Groser, Minister of Trade and Minister for Climate Change Issues, New Zealand

Read the Minister's remarks here.

  • Marcos Jank, President, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association/UNICA (IPC Member)

See Marcos Jank's presentation here.

  • The Honorable Isi Siddiqui, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Read Ambassador Siddiqui's remarks here

  • James C. Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont

  • Emery Koenig, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Cargill

The Honorable Tim Groser

Panel I: National Views and Debates

Panel II: Private Sector Perspectives

Panel III: Food Security

A Primer on Food Price Volatility by Peter Timmer (background note)

A short interview with Peter Timmer on Reserves

Demonstration of IDB's trade database to keep track of SPS Challenges to Export Agricultural Product

Panel IV: Trade and Regulatory Policy

Press Release:

Food Security Requires National Efforts and International Coordination


Inter-American Development Bank:

1330 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Centre

Full Agenda [PDF]

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