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Hernan Manson, Senior Officer; Sector Competitiveness, Division of Market Development, ITC


As developing countries are trying to develop adequate strategies and programmes to address the challenges associated with diversifying exports, taking stock of the results and sharing of experiences becomes vital. At the same time, innovative multi-stakeholder initiatives, through public-private partnerships aiming at linking small-scale producer to GVCs in a sustainable manner have the potential to improve the overall competitiveness of the value chain responding to public, private and policy needs.

This session will bring together government, international organizations, and civil society and private sector representatives to discuss and share experiences on their efforts to ensure sustainability of supply to meet global food demand, whilst ensuring benefits for small-scale farmers. Existing policy practices together with practical cases and methodologies of innovative initiatives will be discussed exploring possible new policymaking strategies that help to guarantee inclusive and sustainable trade.


  • Anders Aeroe, Director, Division of Market Development, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Nyagoy Nyong’o, Executive Director, Fairtrade Africa (FTA)
  • Kathrin Brugger, Deputy Head of Sustainability, Chocolats Halba (COOP)
  • Tony Sikpa, President, Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE)
  • David Neven, Program Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO