The year 2008 saw the price of food rise dramatically around the world, creating significant challenges for food security and the livelihoods of poor people around the globe. On December 4-5, 2008, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) convened a workshop of experts as part of the project, "Agriculture, Food, and Environment in the New Global Context." Participants explored the roots of the crisis and recommended reforms to the food aid regime, agricultural governance and trade policies towards developing countries.