The Importance of Trade for Food Security

  • May T. YeungEmail author
  • William A. Kerr
  • Blair Coomber
  • Matthew Lantz
  • Alyse McConnell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy book series (AEFP)


The important contribution international trade has in meeting the food security challenges that will arise in the first half of the twenty-first century is explained. The dual effect of rising population and increasing incomes among the world’s poorest consumers on food demand is outlined. Slowing rates of increase in global agricultural productivity will add to the difficulties in increasing food production. The areas where food demand will increase the most are not where increases in food production can take place, meaning that international movement of foodstuffs must fill the gap.


Food demand Food security Population growth Food production Agricultural research Productivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • May T. Yeung
    • 1
    Email author
  • William A. Kerr
    • 2
  • Blair Coomber
    • 3
  • Matthew Lantz
    • 4
  • Alyse McConnell
    • 5
  1. 1.Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public PolicyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.OttawaCanada
  4. 4.Bryant Christie Inc.SeattleUSA
  5. 5.Bryant Christie Inc.SacramentoUSA

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