Jonathan Hepburn

Senior Programme Manager, Agriculture

Jonathan HEPBURN is the Senior Programme Manager, Agriculture at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. He joined ICTSD in 2006, where he is responsible for the organisation's work on how farm trade policy and rules affect food security, equity and the environment. He has previously worked on development financing as Oxfam International’s representative to the World Bank and IMF in Washington, D.C.; and on trade, development and human rights issues with the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva. He has written on a range of public policy and trade issues, including on development financing, intellectual property rules, climate change, and food, agriculture and biodiversity.

Selected publications:

Trade, Food Security and the 2030 Agenda”. Díaz-Bonilla and Hepburn. 2016.


Evaluating Nairobi: What Does the Outcome Mean for Trade in Food and Farm Goods?” Hepburn and Bellmann (eds). 2016. 


"Tackling Agriculture in the Post-Bali Context: A Collection of Short Essays". Meléndez-Ortiz, Bellmann, and Hepburn (eds). 2014.

“Food security and the multilateral trading system”. In Meléndez-Ortiz, Bellmann and Rodriguez Mendoza (eds), The Future and the WTO: Confronting the Challenges. 2012.

Le système commercial multilatéral face aux politiques publiques globales. Bellmann, Hepburn and Wilke. 2012.

Tackling Perverse Subsidies in Agriculture, Fisheries and Energy. ICTSD; by Bellmann, Hepburn, Sugathan and Monkelbaan. 2012.

Promouvoir le développement durable dans le commerce mondial et les négociations multilatérales. Bellmann, Abdel Latif and Hepburn. 2011.

Agricultural Subsidies in the WTO Green Box: Ensuring Coherence with Sustainable Development Goals. Meléndez-Ortiz, Bellmann, and Hepburn (eds). 2009.

“Climate Change and Trade: Key Challenges and Options for Agriculture in Small Developing Countries”. By Gueye, Hepburn, Sugathan and Chamay. In Climate and Trade Policies in a Post-2012 World. 2009.

Climate change and trade on the road to Copenhagen. ICTSD; by Gueye, Sell, Sugathan, Hepburn, Oliva, Biswas, and Chamay. 2008.

“International trade rules, agricultural production and trade patterns”. In Trade and Sustainable Land Management in Drylands. 2007.

Selected articles:

Food for all: why better nutrition is a collective task”. Díaz-Bonilla and Hepburn. Thomson Reuters Foundation, 21 January 2017.


Ending Hunger: Why governments need to transform trade too. Hepburn and Bellmann. In Financial Express, 25 Sept 2015

Eliminer la faim dans le monde, au-delà des beaux principes. Hepburn and Bellmann. In Le Temps, 1 Oct 2015

Vers des règles commerciales qui assurent la sécurité alimentaire. Morrison and Hepburn. In Le Temps, 5 Nov 2013.

Ruminations over Bali Morrison and Hepburn. In The Hindu Business Line, 20 Oct 2013.

Farm trade at Rio+20: Towards “the future we want?" In Bridges Trade BioRes Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, June 2012.

Uniting Against Hunger? Hepburn and Bellmann. In Express Tribune, 15 Oct 2010.

Biodiversity: why do farm trade policies matter? In Bridges Trade BioRes Review, Vol. 4, No. 3, Oct 2010

Green box subsidies: promoting sustainable development? In Bridges Monthly, Vol. 11, No. 4, June-July 2007.

Sustainable land management and trade: are they compatible? In Bridges Trade BioRes, Vol. 7, No. 3, 16 Feb 2007.

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