Food Trade & Investment
What are the impacts of trade and investment agreements on the healthiness of food environments?
The liberalisation of international trade and foreign direct investment through multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements has had profound implications for the structure and nature of food systems, and therefore, for the availability, nutritional quality, accessibility, price and promotion of foods in different locations.
The proposed INFORMAS monitoring approach encompasses a set of guiding principles, recommended procedures for data collection and analysis, and quantifiable ‘minimal’, ‘expanded’ and ‘optimal’ measurement indicators to be tailored to national priorities, capacity and resources.
Braithwaite Fellow in ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Email: Ashley Schram
Sharon Friel (Co-Coordinator)
Professor of Health Equity & ARC Future Fellow, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Email: Professor Sharon Friel
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Email: Belinda Townsend
Anne Marie Thow
University of Sydney, Australia
Email: Anne Marie Thow
London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Email: Pepita Barlow
Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji
Email: Amerita Ravuvu
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Email: Kelly Garton
Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments (pages 120–134) S. Friel, L. Hattersley, W. Snowdon, A.-M. Thow, T. Lobstein, D. Sanders, S. Barquera, S. Mohan, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L’Abbe, A. Lee, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, M. Rayner, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS
Read the INFORMAS paper online here