Publications and resources

22 November 2016

Public Stockholding for Food Security Purposes: Options for a Permanent Solution – ICTSD – November 2016

WTO members have agreed to seek a “permanent solution” to the problems that some developing countries say they face in addressing food security objectives under the trade body’s existing farm subsidy rules. Negotiators now need to construct an equitable and sustainable solution. This paper seeks to contribute to this process by surveying the extent to which this evidence is available, analysing the data which does exist, and drawing some initial conclusions about options that negotiators might fruitfully be able to explore.

Global Value Chains, Industrial Policy, and Sustainable Development – Ethiopia’s Apparel Export Sector – ICTSD – November 2016

Ethiopia is an exporting latecomer compared to other sub-Saharan African apparel exporters. But recent export growth has been impressive with Ethiopia being hyped as a “rising star” for apparel sourcing. This country case study, based on a methodology developed by ICTSD, assesses the achievements and challenges manifested in growing the Ethiopian apparel sector, the government’s active industrial policy strategy to develop the sector, and its implications for industrial and sustainable development.

Global Value Chains, Sustainable Development, and the Apparel Industry in Lesotho – ICTSD – November 2016

The apparel industry has been central to Lesotho’s economy, accounting for one third of the country’s gross domestic product. This country case study examines the interplay between two different sets of foreign direct investment (FDI) driving two very different value chains: the one global, with FDI from Asia and production based on preferential access to the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); the other regionally based, with FDI from South African firms relocating production in Lesotho.

Comparing Safeguard Measures in Recent Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements – ICTSD – November 2016

As negotiators pursue talks on a workable agricultural safeguard mechanism at the World Trade Organization, it is critical that they have access to up-to-date and reliable information. This paper, which builds on a previous ICTSD study, provides policy-makers and others with an evidence-based analysis of the implications of recent bilateral and regional trade negotiations for developing countries’ ability to use safeguard measures to protect domestic producers from sudden surges in the volume of imports or price depressions.

Priority Trade Policy Actions to Achieve the 2030 Agenda and Transform African Livelihoods – ICTSD – September 2016

This think piece, one of a series that analyse the contribution trade and trade policy could make in implementing the 2030 Agenda, explains that the poverty challenge is particularly steep for Africa. The continent’s commodity-led growth over the last few years has not, by and large, generated widespread economic opportunities. Against this backdrop, this paper focuses on how trade-related policy, including regional economic integration, could contribute to transforming livelihoods across the continent.

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