Course Objectives 

By the end of the course, participants will be better able to: assess the challenges and opportunities posed by greater openness to trade for food security and nutrition; describe different types of trade policy measures, their role in promoting food security and nutrition, and considerations for trade policy design and implementation; discuss the key global policy and regulatory frameworks governing trade, food security and nutrition, including the WTO Agreement on Agriculture and Agenda 2030; and contextualize all of the above to the Eastern and Southern Africa region


Target Audience 

This course is designed to assist representatives from government and related authorities, who are directly involved in the formulation and implementation of agricultural policies and programmes in the ESA region. These may include officials from Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries; Trade, Commerce, Industry; Finance, Economy; Food Safety, SPS Authorities; private sector representatives, and researchers.


Course Outline 

This course is composed of four units, each of which comprises of one to three lessons.

1. Introduction to Trade, Food Security and Nutrition

2. Trade Policy Supportive of Food Security

3. Governance of Trade, Food Security and Nutrition

4. Trade, Food Security and Nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA)


Additional Information 

This course is offered by FAO in collaboration with trapca. It will be provided free of charge and a UNITAR certificate of completion will be issued to participants who successfully complete all course-related assignments and assessments. Limited slots are available, and will be subject to a selection process taking into account in particular, the geographical distribution and gender balance. Participants would be requested to obtain permission to participate in the course from their direct supervisor. Participants who will show the strongest learning results will be invited by FAO to a follow-up face-to-face workshop on the theme of the course (limited slots available).