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Environment & Development series no. 18

The Importance of International Trade Reform in Making Agriculture Truly Sustainable

By Lim Li Ching and Martin Khor

Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 978-967-5412-91-2
Year: 2013†† No. of pages: 48
†14.5cm x 21cm

About the Book

Reforms of the international trade regime require a significant reduction or removal of harmful subsidies currently provided mainly by developed countries, while at the same time allowing special treatment and safeguard mechanisms for developing countries in order to promote their smallholder farmersí livelihoods. Such reforms, coupled with policies in support of sustainable small-scale agriculture in developing countries, would improve local production for enhancing food security.

There is also a need for regulatory measures aimed at reorganizing the prevailing market structure of the agricultural value chain, which is dominated by a few multinational corporations and marginalizes smallholder farmers and sustainable production systems. Policies that increase the choices of smallholders to sell their products on local or global markets at a decent price would complement efforts to rectify the imbalances.

In addition, a shift to more sustainable and ecological agricultural practices would benefit smallholder farmers by increasing productivity while strengthening their resilience to shocks, such as climate change, and reducing the adverse impacts of conventional agricultural practices on the environment and health. The trade policy framework should therefore support such a shift.

About the Authors

LIM LI CHING is a researcher with the Third World Network and coordinates its sustainable agriculture work. MARTIN KHOR is Executive Director of the South Centre.

Contents††††††††

1.††† INTRODUCTION††††††

2.††† STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT AND IMPORT LIBERALIZATION

3.††† IMBALANCE IN TRADE RULES GOVERNING AGRICULTURE† † †

4.††† IMBALANCE IN MARKET STRUCTURES††††††

5.††† ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY†††††††††††††††††††††††††† †

6.††† A TRADE FRAMEWORK SUPPORTIVE OF FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY†††††††††

References†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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