Food and Agriculture
Hunger levels have been rising for the past five years. Almost 690 million people go to bed hungry every night. COVID-19 could push 130 million more people into hunger by the end of 2020 unless action is taken. Food production and agriculture matter: they provide livelihoods for more people in the world than any other sector.
We provide high-quality advice to governments and parliamentarians to strengthen countries’ food security and livelihoods and to improve the quality of public and private investment in agriculture and food systems, while protecting land rights and responsibly managing natural resources.
We also seek to make food systems and value chains more resilient to climate change. Our experts support governments in implementing policies and regulations that enable food systems and communities to absorb climate shocks.
See Our Projects
Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger
Our mission is to provide the donor community with a menu of policy options for directing their investments, backed by the best available evidence and economic models.
Working With Parliamentarians on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems
Through their legislative, oversight, and representative functions, parliamentarians hold a strategic position: they can inform political and legislative agendas with the purpose of fostering change on the ground.
Toward More Equitable and Sustainable Trade in Food and Agriculture
IISD’s work on trade in food and farm goods seeks to improve the extent to which trade policy supports sustainable development outcomes and expand the space for informed discussion among a wider set of policy actors.
The ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry
The ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry were prepared for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and were adopted in October 2018 by ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) during their annual meeting, held that year in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming
Offering a simple and practical legal tool for buyers and producers to improve their business relations and to help make responsible agricultural investment a reality.
Advisory and Capacity Development Services on Legal and Policy Frameworks for Responsible Agriculture Investment
We advise and support governments in the drafting of model contracts in various sectors, including large-scale farmland investments, agricultural investment laws, legal frameworks for agricultural growth poles and zones, policies for attracting foreign direct investment in agriculture, contract farming templates and laws, and market opportunities for voluntary sustainability standards.
Best Practices Bulletins: Legal tools for responsible investment in agriculture
In this best practices series, IISD analyzes key legal and policy issues arising from the legal tools used by states to govern responsible investment in agriculture and food systems, with a particular focus on developing country and sustainable development perspectives.
Food and Agriculture: Emerging Policy Issues
Emerging issues policy briefs is a series produced by the IISD Agriculture, Trade & Investment Team. The series highlights and explains emerging issues that affect the resilience and sustainability of food and agriculture systems, particularly in developing countries.
Towards the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit
Expanding the original scope of the Ceres2030 project, this project will focus on the interrelation between nutrition and climate change and the results will provide options for country-level transition pathways towards sustainable food systems.
More Resources on COVID-19
The current crisis has underscored the need for policymakers to better understand the linkages between health, ecosystems, and sustainable food and agriculture systems to increase bolster countries’ ability to withstand a variety of shocks and crises (i.e. increase resilience) and respond quickly and effectively.
How Are African Governments Responding to Avert a COVID-19 Hunger Crisis?
This Ceres2030 webinar brought together African ministers responsible for agriculture and trade to discuss the measures their countries are taking to avert a hunger crisis by ensuring that livelihoods are secured and food systems remain functional.
Foreign Investment in Decline
UNCTAD predicted last month that COVID-19 would cause a 40% drop in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2020.
Good Food For All – Averting a COVID-19 hunger crisis
This virtual event is intended to drive investments in the Sustainable Development Goal 2 related to ending hunger via raising awareness of numbers and costs needed.
Events & Publications
The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge Launch Event
The zero hunger pledge encourages companies to make an investment in at least one of the 10 high-impact intervention areas from the Ceres2030 evidence.
A paradigm shift
Solarization of India's irrigation system — driven by PM-KUSUM — coincides with the growing demand for electricity consumption in the agricultural sector.
Procuring Food Stocks Under World Trade Organization Farm Subsidy Rules
This report examines various ways forward on the issue of food stock schemes under the World Trade Organization 's rules.
Six Ways to Protect Coffee Growers' Yields and Livelihoods
Coffee is one of the world’s most heavily traded commodities, but climate instability and price fluctuations are putting farmer livelihoods at risk.
Joint Ventures | IISD Best Practices Bulletin #1
In this best practices series on legal tools for responsible investment in agriculture, IISD analyzes key legal and policy issues arising from the legal instruments that states use to govern responsible investment in agriculture and food systems.
Deep Dives Into the Nexus of Food Systems, Climate Change, and Nutrition
How can we use policy to transform food systems sustainably? Join our event.
Executive Director, IISD Europe; Senior Director, Economic Law & Policy
Senior Law Advisor
Suzy H. Nikièma
Lead, Sustainable Investment
Director, Agriculture, Trade & Investment
Francine Picard Mukazi
Senior Policy Advisor & Lead, Partnerships
Senior Law Advisor & Coordinator, Advisory Services
Susan H. Bragdon
Lead, Monitoring and Governance, Tracking Progress
Rationalizing Energy Subsidies in Agriculture: A scoping study of agricultural subsidies in Haryana, India
This study untangles the energy-water nexus by analyzing how subsidized electricity has incentivized groundwater extraction in Haryana, India.
Financing for Agriculture: How to boost opportunities in developing countries Policy Brief #3 Investment in Agriculture
This policy brief explores the financial needs of agriculture in developing countries and the instruments available to address these needs.
Investment Contracts for Agriculture: Maximizing gains and minimizing risks
This joint IISD, World Bank and UNCTAD discussion paper marries two substantial bodies of research to show how investment contracts can be set up to promote sustainable development. It presents the top five positive outcomes and the five downsides from private sector investments in large-scale agricultural projects.
Using Process-Based Indicators to Help Design Effective Policies on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change
New model contract will help protect developing countries from harmful ‘land grabs’
Governments in the developing world now have a powerful new resource to help them negotiate contracts to reduce harmful effects of large-scale land investments. The guide, the first of its kind, proposes model contract clauses that can fill gaps in domestic law and contribute to promoting more sustainable foreign agricultural investment.
The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water
The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water is a legal and policy tool for governments and communities that are involved in negotiating investment contracts with foreign investors.
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