Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission (DG Trade)

The European Union manages its trade and investment relations with non-EU countries through its trade and investment policy. DG Trade oversees implementing the common trade policy of the European Union. Responsibilities cover trade in goods and services; the commercial aspects of intellectual property, such as patents, public procurement and foreign direct investment.

Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO)

The FTAO speaks out on behalf of the Fair-Trade Movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe. Its mandate is to advocate for EU policies in support of Fair Trade and Trade Justice and to strengthen the FTAO and the Fair-Trade networks and their members’ capacities to interact with and maintain an ongoing dialogue with the EU Institutions.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 195 members – 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN-Forum)

The FSN Forum is an online platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on food security and nutrition facilitated by FAO’s Agrifood Economics Division (ESA). The FSN Forum allows registered members and other stakeholders to engage in policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on food security and nutrition both globally and in targeted geographic areas.

High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)

The HLPE is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to world food security and nutrition. It is the science-policy interface of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and provides independent, comprehensive and evidence-based analysis and advice at the request of CFS. It elaborates its studies through a scientific, transparent and inclusive process.

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

IEEP works with stakeholders across EU institutions, international bodies, academia, civil society and industry. Its work spans nine research areas (including agriculture, climate change and global challenges and SDGs) and covers both short-term policy issues and long-term strategic studies. As a not-for-profit organisation with over 40 years of experience, IEEP is committed to advancing impact-driven sustainability policy across the EU and the world.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

IATP’s mission is to work locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

International Food Policy Research Institute

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an international agricultural research center founded in the early 1970s to improve the understanding of national agricultural and food policies to promote the adoption of innovations in agricultural technology. Additionally, IFPRI was meant to shed more light on the role of agricultural and rural development in the broader development pathway of a country. The mission of IFPRI is to provide research-based policy solutions that sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

IIED is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. Its mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence, working in partnership with others.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The IISD is an independent think tank focused on five priorities – Climate, Resources, Economies, Act Together, and Engage. IISD has been working on international trade for over two decades, analyzing the issue from multiple perspectives: scientific, economic, fiscal, legal, social, and environmental. At the intergovernmental level, IISD has a long history of working on reforms to the World Trade Organization’s rules and members’ ability to engage in those processes.

International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

IPES-Food is a diverse and independent panel of experts guided by new ways of thinking about research, sustainability, and food systems. Since 2015, IPES-Food has uniquely shaped the debate on global food systems reform, through policy-oriented research and direct engagement with policy processes.

International Trade Centre (ITC)

The ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Its mandate ITC is to connect developing country businesses to value chains, building sustainable market linkages and delivering positive development outcomes. ITC thus combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development. All ITC’s work is focused on Aid for Trade, an initiative that helps developing countries in building capacity and trade-related infrastructure to expand trade opportunities.


Oxfam is a global movement of people, working together to end the injustice of poverty. It works on the ground with people living in poverty to make a practical difference. OXFAM gathers evidence and shares knowledge to show what works and what needs to change. It challenges opinions and changes practices, locally and globally, to bring about lasting results.

Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)

SEATINI is a Non-Governmental Organization that works to promote pro development trade, fiscal and related policies for sustained equitable development and improved livelihoods in Uganda and the East African Community region. Through raising awareness, public interest litigation, building stakeholders’ capacity and joint advocacy, we stimulate dialogue between stakeholders and government and promote indigenous alternatives for improved livelihoods and sustainable development.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. It supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively. To do this, it provides analysis, facilitates consensus-building, and offers technical assistance. This helps them to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.

World Trade Institute (WTI)

The WTI is a leading academic institution dedicated to teaching and research focused on international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO is the main global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. It is a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements, a place for them to settle trade disputes. The WTO operates a system of trade rules.