BEYOND BARRIERS: THE GENDER IMPLICATIONS OF TRADE LIBERALIZATION. Trade Knowledge Network, 2010. Although trade can be a catalyst for greater gender equality, the effects of trade liberalisation and economic globalisation on women have been mixed. While trade has provided new livelihoods and empowered women, the benefits that women have gained from trade liberalisation have often been marginal, relatively lower than those accruing to men. In some cases, trade liberalisation may have exacerbated gender inequalities and worsened women's economic and social status. The Trade Knowledge Network has completed a multi-regional research project that attempts to provide better understanding on the trade-gender nexus in our three focus regions: Latin America, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. To download the reports, please see http://www.tradeknowledgenetwork.net/.
SCENAR 2020-II - UPDATE OF SCENARIO STUDY ON AGRICULTURE AND THE RURAL WORLD. European Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development, December 2009. The objective of this study is to refine and improve the identification of major future trends and driving factors for the future of European agriculture and the rural world. The study, which builds on a similar report produced in 2006, does not aim to evaluate the impact of potential policy changes but to compare how the agricultural sector might evolve under different, and somewhat extreme, pathways. The Scenar 2020-II study was carried out by ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation, Landbouw-Economisch Instituut (LEI) and Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung e.V. (ZALF). The report is available at http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/external/scenar2020ii/index_en.htm
ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN AN ERA OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY: ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL REPORT 2009/10. UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Asian Development Bank, and the UN Development Programme, February 2010. This report takes stock of the status of achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific region. It then goes on to discuss the possible policy responses that may guide the region in its efforts to meet the challenges. In particular, it emphasises the role of social protection as well as regional and South-South cooperation for addressing some of the key challenges while strengthening global partnership. The report is available at http://www.mdgasiapacific.org/regional-report-2009-10/.