Agricultural Trade, Food Security, and the Forgotten Smallholder Farmer
September 29, 2017 • 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT
Launch of the CSIS - UNFAO Speaker Series on Agricultural Development
Smallholder farmers are key actors in the global food system, producing roughly 80 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Yet, the voices of smallholders are often neglected by policy makers when trade deals are negotiated or regulations are established. Increasing the participation of smallholder farmers in agricultural trade has the potential to boost livelihoods, to improve food security, and to fuel economic growth.
Within an international trade regime marked by ever more stringent quality and safety standards, sophisticated value chains, and byzantine contracts, the challenge of linking smallholders to markets is no simple task. Considering the increased importance of agricultural trade to food security, it is also not a task that we can afford to ignore.
What is the role of smallholder farmers in the global exchange of agricultural goods? What barriers do trade regulations and standards impose for smallholders to access local, regional, and global markets? How can we build an enabling environment for trade in which smallholders participate more fully?
Join us for a discussion on linkages between trade and food security, and the overlooked role of the smallholder farmer. This is the first public event of the joint CSIS Global Food Security Project and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Liaison Office for North America speaker series on agricultural development.