25. Food Price Volatility

On November 30th 2011, CTA organised a Briefing on “Food Price Volatility: Implications for ACP countries” in cooperation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the European Commission (DG DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Concord and various other partners.

 NEW!  In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘Implications of Food Price Volatility in the ACP’, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

Video documentation

On this page, you can find the video documentation of all the speeches that were given at the conference. Simply click here to display the videos. In the next interface, you will be able to navigate to the speaker of your choice (cf. list of speakers on this page). You can also watch the video interviews that we conducted with the different speakers, and download their PowerPoint Presentations from this page.

Introductory remarks:

  • Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat
  • Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit ‘Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition’, EuropeAid, European Commission
  • Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

Panel 1: Policies and instruments to tackle food price volatility

Chair: Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit ‘Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition’, EuropeAid, European Commission


  • Mylène Testut-Neves, Head of Development and International Organisations Unit, Ministry of agriculture, food, fisheries, rural development and territorial planning, France [PowerPoint]
    G20 action plan on food price volatility and agriculture: key issues and expected impacts [Executive summary]
  • Máximo Torero, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI
    Understanding the causes of food price volatility and mitigating its consequences [PowerPoint][Video interview]
  • Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO
    Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) and international policy coordination [PowerPoint]
  • Carmel Cahill, Senior Counsellor, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
    Tackling volatility through improved markets and trade policies [PowerPoint]
  • Questions from participants and debate

Panel 2: Implications of food price volatility on the ground: urgent actions needed

Chair: H.E. Ms Brave Ndisale, Ambassador of Malawi


  • Cédric Pène, Director of the Agriculture Division, WTO [Executive summary]
    Which approaches to enhance the multilateral trading system are favourable to the poor countries?
  • Mamadou Cissokho, President, ROPPA
    Improving agricultural production: challenges and opportunities for farmers
  • Thomas Elhaut, Director, Statistics and Studies for Development, IFAD [PowerPoint]
    Risk management strategies for smallholders and vulnerable production areas [Executive summary]
  • Chris Moore, Senior Global Public Policy Advisor, United Nations World Food Programme
    Emergency food reserves: mitigating the impact of food price volatility on the hungry poor [Executive summary][PowerPoint]
  • Tobias Takavarasha, Senior Agricultural Policy and Investment Officer, NEPAD
    Continental and regional approaches to prevent food volatility [Executive summary][PowerPoint]
  • Questions from participants and debate

The way forward:

  • From Cannes to Los Cabos: Adriana I. Herrera Moreno, Coordinator General of Studies and Support to International Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Agriculture, Mexico


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