Canada needs to work to reduce food trade barriers. Ottawa–Half of the global population will depend on foreign countries for their food supply by 2050 and international markets must function better to keep them from going hungry, says Claire Citeau, Executive Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). Currently international markets for food often function poorly because of trade-distorting subsidies and various forms of government protection, she told the Commons agriculture committee. Food export restrictions can be highly damaging […]

Food insecurity has been rising since 2018. Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the increasing frequency and severity of climate shocks, regional conflicts and the pandemic were all taking their toll, disrupting food production and distribution, and driving up the cost of feeding people and families. The situation took an even more dramatic turn with the war in Ukraine. This pushed the prices of food and fertilizers higher still—hurting importers and prompting several countries to impose export restrictions.The result is […]

In a speech last week, Janet L. Yellen, the Treasury secretary, said the pandemic and the war had revealed that American supply chains, while efficient, were neither secure nor resilient. While cautioning against “a fully protectionist direction,” she said the United States should work to reorient its trade relationships toward a large group of “trusted partners,” even if it meant somewhat higher costs for businesses and consumers. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director general of the World Trade Organization, said in a […]

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. debut of a long-established international food and beverage industry trade show could make Las Vegas a magnet for foodies and food product retailers, distributors and wholesalers, event producers and tourism officials said. An announcement Tuesday by Emerald Holding Inc. and Comexposium, owner of the SIAL brand of worldwide food shows, was timed as a topper to Emerald’s ongoing International Pizza Expo now at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “This partnership underscores the ever-increasing importance […]