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Urna-manía | 10-December-2008

El populismo es indiscutiblemente el Sida de los procesos democráticos del Siglo XXI, particularmente en Latino-América.


Selling out Colombia’s ’tierra querida’ | 26-November-2008

Colombian indigenous took their protest to Colombia’s capital Bogotá this weekend. Their struggle is about controlling the land in which they have lived and taken care of for hundreds of years.


Free trade, suicide clause and growing hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean | 24-October-2008

The free trade agreements that the US and the European Union “propose” to Latin America and the Caribbean include waiving sovereign control on food flows. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization admits that although food production increased in the region, the number of people suffering hunger also did.


Qui osera reprocher à l’Afrique de protéger son agriculture? | 24-October-2008

L’Inde a fait jouer là la souveraineté alimentaire comme un principe politique fort. De nombreux pays africains adoptent enfin la même attitude et s’unissent en régions pour mieux défendre ensemble leurs intérêts économiques, notamment agricoles, face aux revendications de l’UE et d’autres accords bilatéraux.


World Food Day a reminder of a global crisis further sidelined by campaign frenzy, financial woes | 20-October-2008

These free trade agreements that the US government is continuing to negotiate, most of the emphasis is usually on the industrial-in the trade in consumer goods, but not in the impact on farming. In the debate this week, for instance, Barack Obama made a distinction that he opposed the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, but he supported the Peru Free Trade Agreement, because it had supposed labor safeguards in it. What is the impact of these free trade agreements on farming in this country, as well as in the other countries that are a part, signatories?


Les exportations alimentaires et les accords de libre-échange | 18-October-2008

L’un des éléments non-négociables dans la vague d’accords de libre-échange (ALE) qui ont été signés ces dix dernières années ou qui sont actuellement en négociation, c’est que la circulation des marchandises au niveau international ne peut en aucune manière être contrôlée ou restreinte.


Food exports and free trade agreement | 10-October-2008

One of the non-negotiable elements in the flurry of free trade agreements (FTAs) signed over the last decade or currently being negotiated is that the international flow of goods cannot be controlled or restricted in any way.


Flujo de alimentos y Tratados de Libre Comercio | 10-October-2008

Uno de los dogmas inapelables de los tratados de libre comercio que se han firmado en la última década o que actualmente se negocian en gran parte del mundo es que no se puede controlar ni condicionar el flujo internacional de mercancías.


Food safety, free trade and the election | 8-October-2008

What does food safety have to do with free trade? A great deal, argues Common Frontiers, a Canadian group critical of the trend towards economic integration — harmonization, as it’s politely put — of standards under the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Kenya: Tea market tumultuous as trading partners change | 23-September-2008

Tea used to be Kenya’s major cash crop earner but ever since the world’s largest consumer of tea, Pakistan, entered into a free trade agreement with seven of its Asian neighbours, the local tea industry has been haemorrhaging.


L’UE marque son désaccord avec l’OMC au sujet de la banane | 3-September-2008

L’Union européenne a fait appel de la décision de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) qui l’a condamnée pour son régime d’importation de bananes jugé discriminatoire à l’égard des pays producteurs d’Amérique latine, et favorable aux pays du Groupe Afrique, Caraibes Pacifique (ACP), a-t-on appris mardi de source officielle.


US family farmers applaud demise of Doha negotiations | 15-August-2008

"Farmers don’t export. Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill do. The corporate commodity groups are continuing to push for bilateral FTAs with South Korea, Colombia and pushed for the recent Peru FTA. Meanwhile they also scheme to keep in place a broken US subsidy system that allows US farmers to be paid below cost of production and agribusiness to dump cheap commodities into overseas markets, displacing farmers from Mexico to Indonesia to Ghana to Haiti, with no benefit to US farmers."


La surpêche a un lien avec la crise alimentaire et la migration | 15-August-2008

Les mers d’Afrique de l’ouest subissent une dévastation due à la surpêche légale et illégale, pendant que les industries de pêche locales sont en déclin, selon un rapport publié récemment par l’organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) ActionAid. En plus, les accords de partenariat économique tels que proposés actuellement par l’UE ne font qu’exacerber le problème.


Overfishing linked to food crisis, migration | 12-August-2008

According to a recent report by the nongovernmental organisation ActionAid, West African seas are being devastated by legal and illegal overfishing, while local fishing industries decline. Moreover, the economic partnership agreements in their currently proposed form only exacerbate this problem.


’Pacta sunt servanda’ en banano | 6-August-2008

Por Andrés Espinosa Fenwarth
El estruendoso fracaso de la Ronda Doha vino acompañado para nuestra sorpresa de la desconcertante declaración de Peter Power, portavoz del comisario de Comercio de la Unión Europea, en el sentido que "este acuerdo no era independiente de la Ronda Doha, por lo que por ahora no existía un pacto en torno al banano".
La historia reciente de este viacrucis legal se remonta a los dos fallos arbitrales promovidos por Colombia y otros países productores de banano de (...)


Thailand urged to be a standards leader | 29-July-2008

Thailand is being urged to upgrade itself as the leader in determining safety standards and relevant laws on food and agricultural products in order to surmount business challenges arising from free trade area agreements.


Costa Rica targets trends for greater food exports | 22-July-2008

Costa Rican food companies are focusing on major trends like organics and social values to build their export platform, as an association agreement between the EU and Central America is expected to be reached in 2009.


Mad cows, mad people | 11-July-2008

Through the prism of beef, Koreans confront the limitations of key contemporary institutions: democracy, capitalism, and nationalism.


Normas sanitarias y fitosanitarias: ¿Una estrategia para amañar el mercado de alimentos? | 2-July-2008

En materia de sanidad animal y vegetal, tanto Estados Unidos como la Unión Europea están tratando de imponerle sus normas a los demás países a traves de los TLC.


Sécurité sanitaire : les dés sont pipés | 2-July-2008

Sur la scène de la sécurité sanitaire, les États-Unis comme l’UE tentent de faire adopter leurs normes par les autres pays à travers les accords bilatéraux de libre-échange.


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