Food and Agriculture
Hunger levels have been rising for the past five years. Almost 690 million people go to bed hungry every night. 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
Responsible Investment in Agriculture
IISD's work on responsible agricultural investment focuses on aligning investment practices with sustainability goals and promoting inclusive stakeholder dialogue in the agricultural sector.
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.
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.
Achieving Sustainable Food Systems in a Global Crisis
Expanding the original scope of the Ceres2030 project, this initiative focused on the interrelationships between food systems, climate change, and diets. The results provided options for country-level transition pathways toward sustainable food systems in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Nigeria.
Events and publications
Sustainability Standards and Commodity Prices: How to better support farmers' livelihoods
This webinar explored how standards can better support farmers to get higher prices and incomes and use more sustainable practices amid disruptions in international commodity prices.
Redesigning Agricultural Investment Contracts to Meet a New African Investment Regulatory Landscape
This Masterclass at the Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA) will help government policy-makers and agricultural investment negotiators understand key contract provisions and their overarching purpose, design, innovations, and limitations.
Training Workshop on Promoting Agricultural Cooperatives in Cambodia: The role of voluntary sustainability standards and responsible contract farming
This workshop provided training and guidance on how various policy and legal tools can support agricultural cooperatives in Cambodia and address some of the challenges they face.
Governance and Policy Innovation in Agrifood Systems: Country experiences, tools and approaches
This virtual event will demystify innovation in policy and governance and highlight its pivotal role in the future of agrifood systems by presenting concrete experiences from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malawi, and beyond.
Interim Co-President and Co-CEO | Vice-President, Global Strategies and Managing Director, Europe
Lead, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Lead II, Monitoring and Governance, Tracking Progress
Associate, Advisor Agriculture and Investment
Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture
Lead, Responsible Agricultural Investment Research
The Potential for Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Sequestration in Agro-Manitoba
IISD and the Prairie Climate Centre conducted a high-level quantitative analysis of the sequestration potential of land use practices in Agro-Manitoba that are additional to business as usual.
Hunger Is On the Rise: Here are three ways to stop it
Hunger levels are rising. Carin Smaller explores how technology could help tackle climate change and end hunger.
The Rise of Agricultural Growth Poles in Africa: Investment in Agriculture Policy Brief #6
Africa has seen the emergence of 36 agricultural growth poles and 9 corridors over the past 15 years. They cover at least 3.5 million hectares of land in 23 countries. Ensuring that the new wave of agropoles and growth corridors is effective requires robust policies, laws and practices to ensure that a possible new trend of investment helps Africa achieve the sustainable development goals the continent has set.
Farmland Investments Are Finding their Way to International Arbitration
A claim registered by a Swedish investor against the Tanzanian government for revoking a land title amid concerns over the impact on local communities and a wildlife sanctuary is the first known investor-state dispute against a government linked to the so-called “land grab” phenomenon, which arose out of the 2008 food crisis.
Financing High Performance Climate Adaptation in Agriculture: Climate Bonds for Multi-Functional Water Harvesting Infrastructure on the Canadian Prairies
This article explores distributed water harvesting, a climate change adaptation strategy that can offer the co-benefit of enhancing ecosystem services.
Pan African Parliament President: "I believe in One Africa, One Voice. I believe in the integration of the continent."
"I believe in One Africa, One Voice. I believe in the integration of the continent.": His Excellency the Honorable Nkodo Roger Dang, President of the Pan African Parliament, shared his thoughts on regional integration ahead of the parliament’s upcoming Continental Conference.
Président du Parlement panafricain: « Je crois en une Afrique, une voix. Je crois en l'intégration du continent. »
« Je crois que l’Afrique possède les forces vives et la volonté de relever les défis qui jalonnent son parcours. Je crois en une Afrique, une voix; je crois en l’intégration du continent. »: Son Excellence l’honorable Nkodo Roger Dang, Président du Parlement panafricain, partage ses pensées sur l’intégration régionale.
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