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.

Ashley Schram (Co-Coordinator)

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



Belinda Townsend

Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Email: Belinda Townsend


Anne Marie Thow

University of Sydney, Australia

Email: Anne Marie Thow


Pepita Barlow

London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Email: Pepita Barlow


Amerita Ravuvu

Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji

Email: Amerita Ravuvu


Kelly Garton

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

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