Topic outline

This course provides an overview of the concepts of trade, food security and nutrition, and it discusses their linkages.


This course is designed primarily for representatives from governments, for example ministries of agriculture, ministries of trade and commerce, ministries of economy and other entities responsible for the formulation and implementation of agricultural and trade policies and programmes. Private sector participants such as representatives of producer organizations or agro-industry as well as researchers interested in agricultural policy and trade analysis will also benefit from the course.

  • The definition of trade, food security and nutrition, and the interaction pathways between these concepts.
  • The potential positive and negative impacts of trade on the four dimensions of food security.

The course consists of 2 lessons of approximately 55-70 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Defining and measuring trade, food security and nutrition
  • Lesson 2 - Impacts of trade, food security and nutrition

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