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21 January 2017


By Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla and Jonathan Hepburn

Just 15 months after governments at the UN agreed a set of bold new global goals on everything from ending poverty and hunger to tackling climate change and insecurity, prospects for global cooperation in a range of areas are looking distinctly dimmer than they did before.

Agriculture is a key sector for the achievement of many UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger and promote prosperity and people’s wellbeing. In China, as well as in other economies, agriculture will continue to play a pivotal role, not only as a provider of food, but also as a source of income for many households.

The main objective of this workshop - organised jointly by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture (ATPC), OECD, ICTSD, with the technical collaboration of FAO and in co-operation with other international organisations - will be to discuss and explore options for devising a comprehensive policy framework able to address food security challenges, in a context of evolving agricultural markets. The workshop will begin by presenting selected global issues and experiences, with a view to then focusing on the application for Chinese agricultural policy going forward.

Further information is available on the OECD's website.

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
27 September 2017

In this article published on ICTSD Senior Programme Manager Jonathan Hepburn says that the outcome of the Swiss vote will put no additional market barriers on agricultural imports coming from developing countries.