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International Trade and Food Security

Exploring Collective Food Security in Asia Edited by Michael Ewing-Chow, WTO Chair in the Faculty of Law and Melanie Vilarasau Slade, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
Food security is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Through a collection of commissioned studies, which draw upon the experience of leading experts and scholars in trade, investment, law, economics, and food policy, this book assesses whether self-sufficiency is an adequate response to the food security challenges we face
Extent: 232 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78536 188 3
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  • Law - Academic
  • Asian Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Economic Law, Trade Law
Food security is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The food price crisis of 2008 exposed the vulnerabilities of the global food system. Governments across Asia acerbated the crisis by imposing export restrictions based on a policy of self-sufficiency.

This book assesses whether self-sufficiency is an adequate response to the food security challenges we face. Pricing volatility drives isolationism at a time when climate change and increasingly uncertain weather patterns make it difficult for any single nation to guarantee adequate food production for itself.

Through a collection of commissioned studies which draw upon the experience of leading experts and scholars in trade, investment, law, economics, and food policy, this book analyses the impact of this trend on the most essential crop in the Asian region - rice.

It suggests that food security policy should be reconceptualised: from the national to the regional and even the global level. It also provides its own proposals as to how this new paradigm of collective food security should be understood and developed.

The book calls for a new conversation in the region, acknowledging that the challenges we face are global and the solutions must be found in collective action. This state-of-the-art study will appeal to lawyers, economists and political scientists, as well as trade and food security specialists by providing expert analyses and enlightening solutions for the future.
‘If you care about food security in Asia and particularly rice and world trade, buy this book. The best authors in the business (legal, academic and private sector) have contributed to its success with 12 treatises on core issues. I compliment the editors of this compendium, Michael Ewing-Chow and Melanie Vilarasau Slade, for their intellectual courage in bringing these experts to contribute to one book. The technical side of these issues have been kept at a minimum wherever possible for the general reader. Each chapter relates to the others and guides us to some conclusions and a call to action.’
– Milo Hamilton, Firstgrain, US

‘This is a complete recipe for global food security as the most credible way forward in a world of continuously uncertain food supplies. Today the overall intact agricultural production potential appears mainly threatened by location-specific climate change challenges and by both national and international food policy governance failures. Hence, the role of trade and of trade rules is all the more important, as credibly emphasised by the authors’ consequent advocacy for a removal of food trade barriers as part of a more coherent poverty strategy and towards collective food security.’
– Christian Häberli, Bern University, Switzerland

‘Food security is one of the key challenges the world faces. The demand for food will increase as our population goes up from 7 billion to 9 billion. Global warming and an increasingly erratic weather pattern will have an impact on food production. It is in this context that I welcome this important book. The editors have rightly invited us to refocus our minds from self-sufficiency to collective food security’
– Tommy Koh, Chairman of the Governing Board Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
Contributors: C. Boonekamp, R.M. Briones, R. Clarete, D. Dixit, M. Ewing-Chow, L.A. Jackson, J. Jackson Ewing, J. McVitty, E. Rogerson, J. Tijaja, C.P. Timmer, M. Vilarasau Slade








Contents:

Introduction: Setting the Stage: The Problem with Self-sufficiency and the Need for Collective Food Security for a Global Crisis
Michael Ewing-Chow and Melanie Vilarasau Slade

PART I
1. Food Security Issues and the Role of the Multilateral Trading System
Evan Rogerson and Diwakar Dixit

2. Global Value Chains in the Food Sector
Julia Tijaja

3. Food Security Initiatives in Asia and the Impact of WTO Regulation
Roehlano M. Briones

4. A Case Study of Regional Food Security: APTERR
Michael Ewing-Chow and Melanie Vilarasau Slade

PART II
5. Managing Food Price Volatility in Asia: Why, What and How?
C. Peter Timmer

6. Deepening ASEAN Rice Trade
Ramon L. Clarete

7. A Private Sector View of Food Security and Pricing Volatility
James McVitty

PART III
8. Food Security and Limits to Resources
Lee Ann Jackson

9. Environmental Change, Food Security and Trade in Southeast Asia
J. Jackson Ewing

10. Is there a Role for International Law in Supporting Systemic Solutions to the Food Security Challenge?
Melanie Vilarasau Slade

PART IV
11. The WTO and Food Security – and a Possible Step Forward
Clemens Boonekamp

12. Conclusion: Moving to Collective Food Security
Michael Ewing-Chow and Melanie Vilarasau Slade

Index