The issue of whether trade has a positive or negative impact on food security in countries of the global South calls for a very detailed analysis.
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Building on the findings of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s flagship report ‘The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2015-16’, this article argues that a better balance between technical and strategic considerations is required when analysing and debating the links between trade, agriculture and food security.

Agenda 2030 sets out a governance framework, defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that affirms a new vision whereby sustainable development is no longer a question of North–South relationships, but rather a universal concern that involves developed and developing countries alike. It also underscores the importance of taking into account the different national realities, capacities and levels of development, and of respecting national policies and priorities.

At the same time, countries now have a wider range of options for financing their development, with Official Development Assistance (ODA) representing only a small component of these options, and with the pattern of finance (the mix of national, international, public and private sources) evolving at different levels of income and development. This has contributed to a shift in attention from financing towards policy packages designed to create the enabling conditions for the effective mobilisation of different sources of finance appropriate to specific country situations.

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