Small farmers in developing countries have not benefited from higher food prices, thanks in part to flawed trade and agricultural policies that have made them vulnerable and weakened their positions in markets, said international agency Oxfam in a new report released today, World Food Day.
Once almost self-sufficient, Haiti now imports 80 percent of the rice it consumes. A dramatic cut in import tariffs lead to a drop in national rice production.
Aware of Starbucks’ status as a global brand interested in maintaining its socially responsible reputation, Oxfam used grassroots activism and strategic media to draw attention to the issue. Now, Ethiopian farmers coaxed a groundbreaking agreement out of Starbucks.
RTAs are being negotiated between rich countries and poor countries, and deals are being pushed through at unreasonable pace and with unfair rules, leaving poor countries without the time or the space to develop the best trade policies for their people.