Agricultural liberalisation and its ‘high risks’ for food security (2011)

Agricultural liberalisation has played an important part in preparing the ground for the sustained food crisis we face. The WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture helped increase food trade, but did not alleviate global hunger. Then, with strong food price rises, global hunger increased strongly. What responsibility is there for a process which has argued a ‘food security’ which opposes local production and promotes global exchange? Continue reading “Agricultural liberalisation and its ‘high risks’ for food security (2011)”

Fair trade: The scope of the debate (Tim Anderson and Elisabeth Riedl, 2006)

‘Fair Trade’ has become such a popular term that it now covers a bewildering array of quite different proposals, from protectionist measures through genuine solidary action to new marketing opportunities. While ‘fair trade’ is often seen as a counterpart to the older concept of ‘free trade’, in many ways ‘free trade’ and the associated arguments around the World Trade Organisation’s liberalising processes have also been arguments about fairness – i.e. the right of equal access to markets. Continue reading “Fair trade: The scope of the debate (Tim Anderson and Elisabeth Riedl, 2006)”