Agriculture and Food Security in China: Ten Years of WTO Membership

On December 11, China celebrated its ten year anniversary as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Joining the WTO has been a significant “coming of age” step for the Chinese economy, presenting both opportunities and challenges for China’s future development.

Food Security and Development: Engaging with the European Commissioner for Agriculture

Earlier last month, I was invited to give a keynote speech on global food security at the First Brussels High Level Lecture on Food Security and Development, in Belgium. This first of its kind event was organized by the Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS, KULeuven) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) with support from the European Commission (EC).

Forging a Common Understanding of the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus

Last week I participated in the Bonn2011 Conference on the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus (November 16-18 - Bonn, Germany). The Conference brought together stakeholders from the water, energy and food sectors to forge a common understanding of water-energy-food security linkages. As an Outcome Ambassador, I presented recommendations on “how to make the nexus work for the poor.” In particular, the impacts of energy and water strategies on food security, and vice versa, must be properly assessed. Also, methods for monitoring and measuring the outcomes and impacts of nexus approaches and initiatives are urgently needed.

Interacting with New Champions

In September, I traveled to Dalian in China to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions also known as the “Summer Davos”. The meeting, organized by the World Economic Forum, brought together global leaders from the private and public sector to discuss strategies for mastering sustainable economic growth. In discussions on improving food productivity in developing countries, I focused on five key actions needed to foster new approaches to food security.