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World Trade Organization

Published in October 2000

The World Trade Organization negotiations on agriculture resulted in increasing inequalities between the countries of the North and those of the South. Because it takes into account neither forms of production (sustainable or not) nor producers, because it encourages agricultural exports, the agreement favors intensive agriculture to the detriment of family farming. It is special and differentiated treatment to the benefit of industrial forms of agriculture and of exports. Yet agricultural activity cannot be been reduced to an economic activity like any other, whether from the point of view of producers or from that of consumers. For reasons of food security, the environment, and the economy, it is necessary on the contrary to protect diversified family farming. This does not imply rejecting trading in food. Such trade is acceptable and desirable provided that it is fair.

The document expresses a series of proposals for an effective application of the principle of food sovereignty within the rules of international trade, which entails two general conditions: the recognition of food sovereignty as a human right, and a change in how the WTO works.


RONGEAD (Réseau d’ONG Européennes sur l’Agro-alimentaire, le Commerce, l’Environnement et le Développement)
14 rue Antoine Dumont 69372 Lyon Cedex 08 - France
rongead@rongead.org http://www.rongead.org

Coordinated by ...

- Joseph Rocher

Specialist in economy of the development. Author of various studies and articles dealing with questions concerning the agricultural policies and the trading relations between North, South and East countries. Author of two "dossiers pour un debat " - FPH: "Le Gatt en pratique" (The GATT in practice, 1994); "After the fires of straws - food security policies in the South and globalization" (Après les feux de pailles - politiques de sécurité alimentaire au Sud et mondialisation)

As Director of RONGEAD (Europeans NGO Network on Agro-food, Trade, Environment and Development), he has tried, since the 80s, to integrate the logics of market and power relations in the development programs. Consultant for FAO and responsible of development projects financed by the European Commission and the Foreign Affairs Ministry. First of all, his work helps the developing countries and those from Central and East Europe, to find a better place inside the process of globalization.

Site - Réseau d’ONG Européennes sur l’Agro-alimentaire, le Commerce, l’Environnement et le Développement



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Topics Included

agriculture . international trade . trade . agricultural policy . economic globalization . food safety . market regulation . North-South relations . world regulation

Workgroup Papers

Go ! Companies Beyond Profit?
Go ! Debt and Structural Adjustment
Go ! Economic Policies
Go ! Ethical Consumption
Go ! Fair Trade
Go ! Finance for the Common Good
Go ! From the WTO’s Setback in Seattle ... to the Conditions for Global Governance
Go ! Growth and Sustainable Development
Go ! Health and its Issues in the Twenty-first Century
Go ! How Can Companies Exercise Their Responsibilities?
Go ! Precarity and Exclusion
Go ! Production, Investment, and Technology
Go ! Red Card for Tourism?
Go ! Social Money: Lever of the Economic Paradigm
Go ! Solidarity Economy
Go ! Solidarity Finance
Go ! Tax Policies, Redistribution, and Social Welfare
Go ! The Trade-union Movement at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Women and the Economy
Go ! Work, Employment, and Activity
Go ! World Trade Organization

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