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Side event: Land footprint embodied in international trade: a new tool to assess distant drivers of deforestation

May 3, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

According to the State of Agricultural Commodity markets 2020 (FAO, 2021), global trade in agricultural commodities has more than doubled in real value between 1995 and 2018. While this offers opportunities for economic development and progress in food security, increased food production has also induced growing environmental impacts, notably through land use changes. Several studies have tried to assess the effects of this trade on deforestation, using methodologies to qualify the distant connections influencing land use change. As a contribution to this knowledge generation, FAO and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) are developing new Multi-regional input-output tables (MRIO) based on production and bilateral trade statistics for agrifood and forest commodities. The tables cover the 182 countries that report agricultural and forestry production and trade data to FAOSTAT and use physical units. A first version of the MRIOs was established for the period 1997-2013 and an updated version for food commodities, covering 2014-2018 is under preparation. The side event will present such preliminary results and discuss opportunities to use this tool for improved assessment of deforestation related to agricultural and forest commodity trade.

May 3, 2022 | 6:00 PM KST7:30 PM KST

Conference Room 307C

Zoom link


18:00 – 18:10 KST:
Welcome and introduction
18:10 – 18:30 KST:
Presentation of the tool and methodology
used for its development
18:30 – 19:00 KST:
Panel discussion
19:00 – 19:25 KST:
Q&A with attendees
19:25 – 19:30 KST:


Iñaki Arto
Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)
María José Sanz
Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)
Martin Bruckner
Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Florence Pendrill
Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Space, Earth and Environment
Dominique Habimana
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Caroline Merle
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Serena Fortuna
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Registration is required:

Please register HERE


Contacts: caroline.merle@fao.org / WFC-2021@fao.org

Please note the event will be in English

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May 3, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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