Understanding the new dynamics of agri-food trade: Perspectives from Pascal Lamy


May 30, 2024, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Joseph Glauber (International Food Policy Research Institute), Anabel González (Inter-American Development Bank), Charlotte Hebebrand (IFPRI), Pascal Lamy (IFPRI), Mary E. Lovely (PIIE), Marcus Noland (PIIE), Mari Elka Pangestu (PIIE) and Johan Swinnen (IFPRI)

Event Summary

Geopolitical tensions as well as conflicts at regional, national, and local levels, climate change and sustainability challenges, and the troubling increase in the world's number of under- and malnourished people all form part of the complex web of factors shaping agri-food dynamics, and in turn, trade policies and negotiations. 

Pascal Lamy, chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) board and a foremost expert in international trade matters who served as European commissioner for trade and director-general of the World Trade Organization, presents his perspectives on the new dynamics of agri-food trade. In examining the past, present, and possible future dynamics of agri-food trade, Lamy focuses in particular on the evolving implications for developing countries and set forth potential approaches to aligning trade policies with the imperatives of sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, and poverty reduction. 

His remarks are followed by a set of reflections from a panel of international trade experts and a Q&A session.


Marcus Noland
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, PIIE

Johan Swinnen 
Director General, IFPRI


Pascal Lamy 
Chairperson, Board of Trustees, IFPRI


Charlotte Hebebrand
Director of Communications and Public Affairs, IFPRI


Joseph Glauber
Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Anabel González
Vice President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank; Nonresident Senior Fellow (on leave for public service), PIIE

Mary E. Lovely 
Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow, PIIE

Mari Elka Pangestu
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, PIIE