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Kick-Off of EU-Project Trade4SD

The kick-off meeting of the EU project Trade4SD took place on 15 June. In Trade4SD, the Thünen Institute, together with an international consortium, will develop proposals for a more sustainability-oriented agricultural trade policy.

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TRADE4SD (Fostering the positive linkages between trade and sustainable development) is an EU funded within HORIZON 2020 and running from June 2021 until May 2025. Trade policy has an especially important part to play in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The main objective of this project is to contribute to build new opportunities for fostering the positive sustainability impacts of trade supported by improved design and framing of trade policy at national, EU and global level, including WTO modernization, increased policy coherence at different domains including agricultural, energy, climate, environmental and nutritional policies.

We propose an integrated and systemic approach that combines several quantitative models from different perspectives, and qualitative methods such as specific country/supply chain case studies, Lab-in-the Field experiments and a dynamic trade game considering the fact that SDGs are highly context-related. A wide consultation process involving stakeholders both in the EU and in the partner countries in all the project stages will ensure the transparency and balance of conclusions and policy recommendations.

Coordinated by: Corvinus Universität Budapest

Partners: University of Kent; CREA, Rome; Thünen Institute, Braunschweig; University of Sussex; University of Ghana; LUKE, Finland; Case, Warsaw; FAO, Rome, INRAE, Montpellier, France; ConfAgricultura, Rome; University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Lumina, Brussels.

Contact: Martin Banse

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