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.

Professor Sharon Friel

Professor of Health Equity & ARC Future Fellow, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment The Australian National University Canberra, Australia Email: Professor Sharon Friel


Ashley Schram

Braithwaite Fellow in ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance. 

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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