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In international trade agreements, restrictions on goods or demands for labelling which differ from country to country can be ‘barriers to trade’, effectively restricting the free movement of goods. Trade organisations which manage such agreements, such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), have mechanisms in place to ensure that environmental or public health measures are not in fact ‘disguised restrictions on international trade’ which aim to protect national industries. Formal processes exist in the WTO to query public health and environment regulations for their ‘trade restrictiveness’, their necessity and the possibility of using alternatives.


This 120-page report by the RUAF Foundation aims to provide suggestions for private sector actors in city regions’ food systems based on an extensive study of three cities. It presents knowledge on policy support mechanisms and identifies key lessons learned in the three case studies, which were conducted in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Quito, Ecuador; and Bristol, UK.


This new 712 page book in 28 chapters is edited by Rajeev Bhat. It addresses a very wide range of topics on agriculture, food and sustainability.

This book considers the main links between global conservation of the environment and food production.


The European Commission has launched a public consultation on modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) relevant to agricultural production, food, forestry and rural livelihoods and the bioeconomy. It invites a broad audience to contribute in their questionnaire, which also has a specific section relating to both research and innovation (pages 10-17).

This questionnaire is part of a wider consultation process and results of this will be published in a public conference in July 2017.

More information, as well as the questionnaire itself, is available here.

The Lund Conference on Earth System Governance to be held 9-11 October 2017 in Lund, Sweden, currently invites the submission of abstracts. The conference will address the overarching theme of ‘Allocation and Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World’. This theme acknowledges the multiple crises faced across the world and the uneven distribution of their impacts. It will be addressed in five thematic streams:

  • Environmental justice in earth system governance
  • Conceptual understandings and progress
  • Science and activism
  • Theory and methodology
  • Earth system governance in turbulent times

The conference is part of the global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. For more information, see here.

GCP is seeking two skilled and ambitious research interns to support their Supply Chain Programme, including on Forest 500 ( and Trase (, a joint initiative with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The interns will support mission-critical data activities, including collecting and collating data relevant to company sustainability policies and the supply chains in which they operate.

For more information and to apply, see here.

The Global Crop Diversity Trust is an international organization with Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, whose mission is to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide. The Science communications specialist will support the whole of the Crop Trust with science writing as well as the management of the content of all websites of the organization.

For full job specifications and application requirements, please see here.


The Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) in collaboration with the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) initiative is holding a colloquium on 8-10 May 2017 in Johannesburg on methods and practices for realizing “Resilience for development.” Participation is limited to 150 attendees.

Abstract submission deadline is the 28 February 2017. For more information, see here.

POLITICO invites people to participate in an in-depth conversation on ‘the importance of innovation and the crucial role the EU will take in shaping the agricultural sector by creating an appropriate framework for competitive and sustainable farming.’

Questions to be addressed during the event panel will include:

  • What does innovation mean for agriculture?
  • What are the best management practices and innovative solutions inside and outside Europe that European farmers can leverage?
  • What is the appropriate regulatory framework to encourage the development and take-up of new technologies?
  • How can innovation be made accessible to all farms regardless of their size?
  • How can Europe incentivise young generations to take up farming?

It will take place at 6:30 CET on the 7th of March. For further details and to register see here.