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Confronting Food Price Inflation: Implications for Agricultural Trade and Policies

The implications for agricultural trade and policies related to food price inflation was the subject of a symposium organized by Farm Foundation and the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium and North Dakota State University’s Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade studies.

The symposium, Confronting Food Price Inflation: Implications for Agricultural Trade and Policies, was June 22-23, 2009, in Seattle, Wash.  The symposium program focused on: food prices and their impact on agricultural trade and policies; food prices and global welfare; factors affecting food price inflation; and changes in the U.S. and world agricultural sector.

The program addressed the global challenges posed by growing demand and rising pressure on agricultural resources; the short- and long-term outlooks for food supplies and prices; the role of trade in food price inflation; and the effects of global food prices on welfare and the poor in both developed and developing countries.

Members of the planning committee were: Won W. Koo, Director, Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies  North Dakota State University; Neil Conklin, President, Farm Foundation; Pierre Charlebois, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Philip Abbott, Purdue University.

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