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!  On the subject of ‘Implications of Food Price Volatility in the ACP’



Biodata of the speakers



CTA Policy Brief: Coping with food price volatility in ACP countries

Videos of the Briefing


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

– G20 action plan on food price volatility and agriculture: key issues and expected impacts
Mylène Testut-Neves, Head of Development and International Organisations Unit, Ministry of agriculture, food, fisheries, rural development and territorial planning, France [Presentation|Executive summary]

– Understanding the causes of food price volatility and mitigating its consequences
Máximo Torero, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI [Presentation|Video]

– Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) and international policy coordination
Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department, FAO [Presentation]

– Tackling volatility through improved markets and trade policies
Carmel Cahill, Senior Counsellor, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD [Presentation]

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

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

– Which approaches to enhance the multilateral trading system are favourable to the poor countries?
Cédric Pène, Director of the Agriculture Division, WTO [Executive summary]

– Improving agricultural production: challenges and opportunities for farmers
Mamadou Cissokho, President, ROPPA

– Risk management strategies for smallholders and vulnerable production areas
Thomas Elhaut, Director, Statistics and Studies for Development, IFAD [Presentation|Executive summary]

– Emergency food reserves: mitigating the impact of food price volatility on the hungry poor
Chris Moore, Senior Global Public Policy Advisor, United Nations World Food Programme [Executive summary|Presentation]

– Continental and regional approaches to prevent food volatility
Tobias Takavarasha, Senior Agricultural Policy and Investment Officer, NEPAD [Executive summary|Presentation]

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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