Public Stockholding for Food Security Purposes: Scenarios and Options for a Permanent Solution

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The relationship between international rules on trade and the achievement of national and global objectives in the area of food security has long been a subject of contention at the WTO. Over the years, this debate has matured considerably, moving from a rather simplistic discussion of whether market opening is intrinsically good or bad for food security, towards a much more nuanced appreciation of the complex implications that various trade policies and rules may have for different types of food producers and consumers, in different places and at different times. ICTSD has sought to help foster this more sophisticated discussion by sharing impartial, timely and policy-relevant analysis with trade policy-makers and negotiators, and by fostering dialogue between different policy actors at both the national and international level.