Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Food Trade & Investment


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What are the impacts of trade and investment agreements on the healthiness of food environments?

The liberalisation of international trade and foreign direct investment through multilateral, regional and bilateral agreements has had profound implications for the structure and nature of food systems, and therefore, for the availability, nutritional quality, accessibility, price and promotion of foods in different locations.

The proposed INFORMAS monitoring approach encompasses a set of guiding principles, recommended procedures for data collection and analysis, and quantifiable ‘minimal’, ‘expanded’ and ‘optimal’ measurement indicators to be tailored to national priorities, capacity and resources.


Module leader is Professor Sharon Friel


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Professor of Health Equity & ARC Future Fellow, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment|
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Email: Professor Sharon Friel

Relevant paper

Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments (pages 120–134) S. Friel, L. Hattersley, W. Snowdon, A.-M. Thow, T. Lobstein, D. Sanders, S. Barquera, S. Mohan, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L'Abbe, A. Lee, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, M. Rayner, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and INFORMAS

Read the INFORMAS paper online here