DATES: MAR 8 - 12, 2021    
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $2245    







The corona-virus pandemic has had a profound effect on food security around the world and has called attention to the vulnerabilities – and strengths – of an interdependent and interconnected global food system. The current crisis offers an opportunity to re-evaluate the global food system and individual domestic systems within the context of that larger, global system as we “build back better.” By examining comparative case studies, participants will develop skills to recognize and address multiple challenges inherent in AgriPPPs, to orchestrate multi-stakeholder engagement in project design and implementation and to identify and cultivate potential partnerships. This course is designed for those who are engaged in agricultural development and food security programming in the public or private sectors, or in civil society organizations; it will also be of interest to government officials responsible for the design and implementation of national policies for food security and/or in related ministries (agriculture, environment, health, etc.).

As an integral component of each class, participants will analyze various case studies in the four main categories of AgriPPPs (Value Chain Development, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Market Infrastructure and Business Development Services), and will consider whether and how these cases have contributed towards enhanced resilience for food security. Lessons learned will be extracted for incorporation into the development of an effective national food security plan that engages a wide range of stakeholder groups and the private sector for long-term sustainability.



The seminar will be delivered through 5 live on-Line sessions (one “morning” session and one “afternoon” session) via Zoom videoconferencing platform. "Morning sessions" will start at 8:30am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time), and "afternoon sessions" start at 10:30am Eastern Standard Time. Each class will be approximately 1.5 hours in duration. We expect the class to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.

Course Outline


  • Outlining context for sustainable development goals and defining “food security” in a legal framework
  • Comparing and contrasting examples of PPPs vs Agribusiness-PPPs in legal aspects, including role in bidding and procurement, governance, government support, regulation, and standards of practice

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF AGRI-PPPs (Corresponding with the "four pillars" – Availability, Access, Utilization and Stability):

PRODUCTION (Pillar 1 – “Availability”)

  • Physical Components

-  Natural resource management (soils, water, energy, renewable sources)
-  Geography and climate (change); climate-smart/sustainable agriculture
-  Biodiversity and use of technology (livestock and seed selection)
-  Environmental protection and Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Social Components:

-  Land ownership and tenure (including traditional and conventional methods)
-  Land use planning and zoning
-  Producer organizational structure (individual, cooperative associations)
-  Production types (e.g., contract farming)

  • Financial Components:

-  Financiers (commercial and development banks, leasing companies, etc.)
-  Transaction types (secured transactions, export/import operations, contract farming, etc.)
-  Access to security (ability to use livestock, inventory, crops etc.)
-  Specialized finance and lending

  • PPP Applications (e.g., innovation and technology transfer, delivery of extension training, with emphasis on small holder farmers)


  • Physical infrastructure (roads, rail)
  • Supply chain management and regulation (international and domestic)
  • Storage and processing facilities (e.g., warehouses, cold storage)
  • Value added and marketing
  • Reduction of post-harvest losses and food waste “from farm to fork"
  • PPP Applications (e.g., value chain development, physical infrastructure upgrades)

EXCHANGE AND TRADE (Pillar 1 - “Availability”)

  • International trade and special rules for agriculture (WTO Agreement and regional trade agreements)
  • Domestic policies (subsidies, price supports and other market interventions)
  • Domestic markets, investment and global competition
  • Exploring interaction between international trade law and domestic support regimes
  • PPP Applications (e.g., business development, producer advisory services)

NUTRITION (Pillars 2 – “Access” and 3 – “Utilization")

  • Examining direct and indirect economic access to food resources
  • Nutritional challenges – reducing malnutrition and obesity
  • PPP Applications (e.g., program delivery - improved livelihoods, school feeding; technology transfer in bio-fortification)

QUALITY AND SAFETY (Pillars 1 – “Production” and 3 – “Utilization”)

  • Consumer protection and quality assurance
  • Food safety standards and implementation
  • PPP Applications (e.g., capacity-building in processing and handling)

STABILITY (Pillar 4 – “Stability”)

  • Disaster preparedness, planning and emergency relief (environmental and social)
  • PPP Applications (e.g., emergency relief)


  • Methodology for developing an effective national cross-sectoral plan
  • Participation and consultation with national and local stakeholders (small holders and farmer organizations, civil society, private sector, other groups)
  • Effective integration of the use of PPPs and engagement of private sector
  • Contributions of international and regional organizations (i.e., World Bank, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.)

Course Advisors

Jeannette Tramhel is a Senior Legal Officer with the Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs at the Organization of American States. She has been involved in private international law, commercial, business and trade law for over 20 years as a practicing lawyer and staff member of the OAS and UNCITRAL. She holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University in Canada, an LL.M. from Georgetown University (with distinction) and is a member of the bar in Ontario and New York. She also holds degrees in agriculture and environmental design and has worked as an international development professional in partnership with communities in Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean to orchestrate projects that address complex issues of food security and sustainable development.

Cezar Queiroz is an international consultant on roads and transport infrastructure. His main expertise is in public-private partnerships in infrastructure and road management and development. Between 1986 and 2006, he held several senior positions with the World Bank, including as Principal Highway Engineer and Highways Advisor. Prior to joining the World Bank, Cesar was the deputy director of the Brazilian Road Research Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin; a M.Sc. in production engineering; and a B.Sc. in civil engineering. Cesar has published two books and more than 150 papers and articles. His assignments include infrastructure advisory services to over a dozen countries. He has been member of several committees at TRB, ASCE, SHRP and PIARC, served as visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and lectured on PPP at George Washington University between 1996 and 2016, and has contributed to the International Law Institute since 2007. He has been a consultant with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several private and public organizations.