Agriculture

Full Tanks at the Cost of Empty Stomachs: The Expansion of the Sugarcane Industry in Latin America

Original Publication Date: 
27 March, 2007
We, representatives of organizations and social movements of Brasil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, gathered at a forum on the expansion of the sugarcane industry in Latin America, declare that:

G33 Ministers reiterate commitment to SP, agree on revised indicators

Original Publication Date: 
26 March, 2007
The Group of 33 (G33) developing countries concluded their Ministerial meeting here Wednesday with a communique outlining their continued commitment to Special Products and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SP/SSM) in the WTO's Doha agriculture negotiations, and agreeing on a revised list of indicators for the selection of Special Products.

Not import liberalisation, but justified protection needed for farm sector

Original Publication Date: 
25 March, 2007
Reduction in tariff protection in South Asian agriculture has been the primary cause of import surge, leading to fall in employment in farm activities, lowering of returns to farmers and increased levels of poverty in rural areas.

Children With Diarrhoea need Rice “Kanji”, Not Cannibal Rice

Original Publication Date: 
21 March, 2007
California based Ventria Bioscience has been given preliminary approval to grow a rice containing human genes on 3000 acres in Kansas.

Militant Brazilian Opposition to Bush-Lula Ethanol Accords

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
During Bush

Open Markets ‘Impoverishing Pakistani Fishing Communities’

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
Hundreds of local fishing communities are being pushed into poverty in Pakistan due to over fishing by international trawlers, according to new research from ActionAid released today.

The FSPI’s Action on G33 Meeting:

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Today (20/3), hundreds of farmers, youth, and farm workers from Federasi Serikat Petani Indonesia (FSPI) march in front of Grand Melia Hotel, Jakarta to strongly urge the G33 countries to stand by the people.

Trade: Concerns raised at WTO over EC's agriculture tariffs

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Despite an increase in the exposure of farmers to world market signals due to the implementation of the 2003 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), agriculture remained protected by a complex tariff structure, high tariffs, tariff quotas (with unfilled quotas), and benefited from high levels of domestic support and export subsidies.

“Mr. Lamy, Our SP/SSM is Non-negotiable and Can Not Be Compromised”

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Please find IGJ statement that we addressed today in the dialog session between CSO and G-33 delegation during the lunch session from 13.00 to 14.30. Today is the SOM meeting, and tomorrow is the ministerial meeting where Lamy and Mandelsohn will come.

Asia’s Rice Under Threat!

Original Publication Date: 
11 March, 2007
Rice faces its greatest threat yet. The region was once the centre of thousands of rice varieties developed and nurtured through the innovative wisdom and experimentation of small peasant farmers.

2007 Agricultural Outlook Forum and US views on the WTO agricultural negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
5 March, 2007
This paper makes some comments on the paper presented the 1st March 2007 by William R. Cline at the 2007 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington.

Round Table Discussion on SP/SSM

Original Publication Date: 
1 March, 2007
Last February 28, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), PUMALAG and the IBON Foundation organized a Roundtable Discussion on WTO and the SP/ SSM in the UP Hotel in Quezon City. It was a lively discussion attended by around 100 participants from peasant organizations, fisher folk groups, trade unions, peasant women organizations, religious congregations, anti-imperialist organizations, a representative in Congress and the Cuban Ambassador as well as the Charges de Affaires of Venezuela.

Round Table Discussion on SP/SSM

Original Publication Date: 
28 February, 2007
Last February 28, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), PUMALAG and the IBON Foundation organized a Roundtable Discussion on WTO and the SP/ SSM in the UP Hotel in Quezon City. It was a lively discussion attended by around 100 participants from peasant organizations, fisher folk groups, trade unions, peasant women organizations, religious congregations, anti-imperialist organizations, a representative in Congress and the Cuban Ambassador as well as the Charges de Affaires of Venezuela.

New IATP Paper: “The Guessing Game: how will the U.S. play agriculture trade in 2007?”

Original Publication Date: 
27 February, 2007
In a new paper, IATP explores the internal politics of U.S. agriculture to help uncover how the U.S. will play agriculture in 2007.

Opening up of agri markets may harm developing nations

Original Publication Date: 
25 February, 2007
WTO director general Pascal Lamy recently admitted that US, the European Union and India are close to a compromise that would break the deadlock in WTO negotiations.

U.S. Farmers Link with Farmers Around the World on Farm Policy

Original Publication Date: 
21 February, 2007
Sixty farm, faith, consumer, environmental, development and rural advocacy organizations today declared the current U.S. agricultural trade model

Southern Africa: Balance between free market and state-run food security needed

Original Publication Date: 
13 February, 2007
Southern African countries have shown willingness to experiment with liberalising the agriculture sector, but food security experts feel that some form of government intervention is still required to prevent hunger in the region.

Need to reduce agri support for WTO talks to go forward

Original Publication Date: 
11 February, 2007
The prospects of forward movement in WTO talks seems bleak if developed countries do not give a clear commitment to drastically reduce their support to the farm sector.

Need to change the WTO rules on Green Box subsidies (3rd of 3 articles on Green Box)

Original Publication Date: 
8 February, 2007
New disciplines are urgently needed to restrict the developed countries' wrong use of Green Box subsidies that are presently permitted under WTO rules, otherwise these subsidies will continue to distort agricultural production and trade, at the expense of developing countries.

Green Box removal may reduce US, EU exports by 40-50% (2nd of 3 articles on the Green Box)

Original Publication Date: 
8 February, 2007
Green Box agricultural subsidies have boosted the agricultural exports and output of many developed countries (especially the United States and European Union states).