Food Security

The Climate Change and Food Security Research looks into the complex relationship between trade, agriculture and climate change. Food security instruments and policies are critical in supporting appropriate governance structures and depend upon appropriate energy policies.

The research on food security focuses on climate change-related regulatory and economic adaptation challenges. The general question here is which trade and investment rules (or the absence of which), and which economic patterns are apt to increase, or to decrease, global, national and household food security under the presently foreseeable climate developments.


Legal research focuses on further developing the tools for improving food security, the changes possibly required within the multilateral trading system, and in the rules for agricultural FDI in light of increasing uncertainties. Three articles are envisaged: 1. Climate change and food reserves: Can alternative stockpile management systems show a way out of inefficiency and price depression? 2. Agreement on Agriculture and climate change: What is the climate resilience of the food chain under an evolving international economic law perspective? 3. Climate change and SPS in agriculture: How do scientific advances and recent litigation cases redefine the relationship between food security and food safety?


Economically, we examine the pattern of price transmission from food supply shocks across income groupings of high, middle, and low-income countries to identify patterns of vulnerability and scope for burden sharing...


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