Food prices: Leaked UN Report Urges G-20 Action on Farm Trade

Volume
15,
Number
10
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23 March 2011
23 March 2011
A confidential draft report from leading international agencies has urged G-20 governments "immediately to strengthen" global rules on agricultural import and export restrictions as well as subsidies that distort production, discourage supply or constrain international trade, ahead of a meeting of...
23 March 2011
Ongoing trade negotiations involving the United States and eight other Pacific Rim nations have come under increasing scrutiny for the intellectual property provisions being discussed, amidst concerns that they could lead to higher drug prices, harming public health and access to medicines in...
23 March 2011
The fate of legislation seeking to make it easier for Canada to export affordable generic copies of patented drugs to poor nations hangs in the balance, as the ruling Conservative party leadership in the country's unelected Senate stalls debate on it only days before parliament may be dissolved for...
23 March 2011
The chair of the WTO's farm trade negotiations warned delegates last week that there have been no developments in the talks thus far that would enable him to table a revised draft negotiating text on agriculture by Easter. New Zealand Ambassador David Walker told an 18 March meeting open to all WTO...
23 March 2011
Helping small, poor countries make use of WTO trade remedy rules was the subject of discussion in the rules negotiations this week, as the group of African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) called for the creation of a ‘facility' to assist developing countries in developing the institutions and...
23 March 2011
World merchandise trade was 17 percent higher in the last quarter of 2010 than the same period for the year before, according to information released by the WTO on Monday. The total value of merchandise trade for the quarter was US$4.1 trillion, slightly above the figure for the previous three-...
23 March 2011
Coming soon 24 March, Montreal. AMERICANA 2011: WHERE DOES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STAND? The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Conseil Patronal de l'Environnement du Québec (CPEQ) are sponsoring a panel on current trends and future perspectives in sustainable...
23 March 2011
EU'S COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (CAP): TOOLS PROTECTING EUROPEAN FARMERS. South Centre, March 2011. The European Union (EU) uses a plethora of policy instruments to protect its agricultural sector and to ensure that European farmers, despite having higher production costs, are still able to...