An event brought to you by FAO North America (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

As FAO’s The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020 report finds, about one-third of global agricultural and food exports are traded within global value chains (GVCs). Participation in global value chains can boost farmers’ productivity by diffusing improved technologies and knowledge. But some smallholder farmers who lack the required skills and assets could be excluded from these modern markets.


Positive and negative effects can be amplified through GVCs. Knowledge and technology spillovers can balance the trade-offs between the various economic, environmental and social objectives. Global value chains, when combined with sustainability certification schemes, can help align global efforts to address livelihood and sustainability challenges.


Join us to learn about trends in global value chains in agri-food markets, how GVCs can influence environmental, social and health outcomes, and about the challenges and opportunities to include smallholder farmers in GVCs.

The following speakers will be present:


Welcoming Remarks

Vimlendra Sharan

Director, FAO North America



George Rapsomanikis

Senior Economist, FAO


Roger Norton

Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, and Texas A&M University


Howard-Yana Shapiro

CIFOR-ICRAF & University of California Davis


Friedel Huetz-Adams

Senior Researcher at SÜDWIND & co-author of the CocoaBarometer


Closing Remarks

Koen Deconink

Agricultural Policy Analyst, OECD



Florian Doerr

Associate Professional Officer, FAO North America


FAO works to support policies and programs to end hunger and malnutrition worldwide through strategic partnerships in Canada and the United States. For more information about our work, visit: www.fao.org/north-america.

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