FFS - Financialization in the food system


  • Jennifer Clapp University of Waterloo
  • Annette Desmarais
  • Matias Margulis




financial markets, speculation, index insurance, commodity derivatives


There is growing concern about financialization in the food sector, which refers to the increasingly important role played by financial actors, markets, and motives in decisions along agrifood supply chains. Financial actors have long been intertwined in the agriculture and food sector, but their activities have intensified and have become more complex in recent decades. Seeking financial returns, these investors are engaged across entire agricultural value chains, from production to retail. As their engagement in the sector expands, their presence has shaped and reshaped the agrifood system from production to retail and all activities in between. The papers in this section provide important angles on the implications of greater financial activity within the agricultural sector.

Author Biography

Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo

Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability and Professor, Environment and Resource Studies Department, University of Waterloo




How to Cite

Clapp, J., Desmarais, A., & Margulis, M. (2015). FFS - Financialization in the food system. Canadian Food Studies La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 2(2), 256–257. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v2i2.90