Concepción Calpe is a senior economist who has worked for more than 30 years at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She has occupied various functions at the FAO Trade and Markets Division, working first on national cereal policies and then monitoring developments in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. From 1992 to 1998, she was the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Meat. In 1998, she became Head of the Rice and Roots and Tubers Group and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Rice. In 2007, she was designated as Head of the Basic Foods Unit to supervise the work carried out to monitor the markets of wheat, coarse grains, oilseeds, oils and fats, cassava, meat and dairy products. Despite the broadening of her responsibilities and commodity coverage, she retained responsibility for following up developments in the international rice economy. In compliance with these duties, she monitored and analysed developments in the international rice market, drawing their implications for global and national food security. Her findings were disseminated in “Food Outlook,” one of the FAO's strategic publications, the “FAO Rice Market Monitor,” and other FAO reports. She also collaborated actively in policy analysis, dealing in particular with WTO trade negotiations, and supervised a number of rice development projects in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.