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Koen Deconinck is an Economist in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He is lead author of the OECD reports “Making Better Policies for Food Systems” (2021) and “Concentration in Seed Markets” (2018). Before joining the OECD, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Leuven in Belgium and has published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Policy, Business History, the Journal of Agricultural Economics, and the Annual Review of Resource Economics, among others. He is also the co-author (with Johan Swinnen, Thijs Vandemoortele and Anneleen Vandeplas) of Quality Standards, Value Chains, and International Development: Economic and Political Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
By 2050, up to 55% of the world population will be living in urban areas, consuming 80% of the world’s food. Already around a third of produced food goes to waste at a value of USD 940 billion annually.