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Charting the Course: Food Security and Trade in the Asia-Pacific & LAC Region

Date: 17 May 2012 to 18 May 2012

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Washington DC, United States

The broader Asia-Pacific region—encompassing countries in Asia, Latin America, and Oceania—accounts for more than half of both global GDP and the world’s food supply, includes key food exporters and importers, and encompasses populations with rising incomes and transforming diets, alongside subsistence agriculture and urban poor.

It is not surprising that food and agricultural trade policy issues have moved front and center on the agendas of the region’s policymakers, farm groups, food industry and civil society. Given its prominent role in both global food production and consumption, efforts to promote food security and forge new trade ties in the Asia-Pacific region will surely resonate around the world.

The IDB and IPC are pleased to convene a seminar to take stock of food policy related developments and initiatives in the region. High-level speakers will include policymakers, private sector representatives and academics from the region and feature discussions about a number of food security, trade and regulatory initiatives occurring in the region.

Participants will actively engage in shaping recommendations aimed at promoting food security and a more open, productive and sustainable food and trade system.

Featured keynote speakers:

  • The Honorable Tim Groser, Minister of Trade and Minister Responsible for International Climate Change Negotiations, New Zealand
  • The Honorable Isi Siddiqui, USTR Chief Agricultural Negotiator
  • James C. Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont
  • Marcos Jank, Former President, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association/UNICA
  • Joachim von Braun, Director, Center for Development Research and Professor of Economics and Technical Change, University of Bonn

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