Level that playing field!
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CTA. 2002. Level that playing field!. Spore 98. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The pendulum of the 1990 s that swung even the world s tiniest, most fragile economies towards the ferocious simplicity of Trade It, Trade It and Trade It Again has been swinging back for some time to a more balanced and benign position.For many...
The pendulum of the 1990 s that swung even the world s tiniest, most fragile economies towards the ferocious simplicity of Trade It, Trade It and Trade It Again has been swinging back for some time to a more balanced and benign position. For many developing countries, the process of trade globalisation has been dominated, alongside the injustices of commodity markets, by the social and cultural aspects of being an unequal partner: non-trade concerns is the term. Lack of access to information and to markets have been compounded by the lack of investment. The resulting distortions have been aggravated by the paradox of rich countries heavily subsidising their agriculture and thus pushing much Southern agriculture, underfed and under-financed, further into a desperate position. The West is moving, rather tortoise-like, to reducing its public interventions, and now the major issue is how to allow similar public interventions to be made in the South in short, to achieve equity in agricultural opportunity. These issues are at the heart of current negotiations of the Agreement on Agriculture in the World Trade Organisation, where there is a strong need for informed negotiators and stakeholders to have a clear overview of options for consensus. It was with that in mind that CTA and the French-based issue group Solagral took the initiative to organise a trans-continental conference on Agriculture Beyond Trade in Paris, France, early in January 2002. With support from EuropAid and French ministries, the conference brought together more than 200 policy makers, researchers and NGO representatives from around 60 countries. For a while, a good few years, while the pendulum swings on the good side, the prospects for equity could be positive.