Hungry for Trade: How the Poor Pay for Free Trade

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Zed Books, 2000 - Political Science - 178 pages
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As the fallout from the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) continues, John Madeley explores some key questions about the free trade that it advocates: Will free trade in food help or hinder the abolition of world hunger? Who benefits first? The poor? Or the transnational corporations?Will free trade help Third World farmers find new international markets? How can countries - North and South, rich and poor - protect their farmers?How can self-sufficiency in food production be achieved? His book exposes the contradiction between Western governments' rhetoric about reducing world poverty and the drive to yet more trade liberalization.
  

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Contents

Seattle 1999
7
Food Security
25
Neglect of women farmers
32
International Organizations
57
Trade Liberalization
73
Patents
91
Biotechnology Will Not Deliver
117
Food Security with Less Trade?
143
Recommended Further Reading
156
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John Madeley has been a writer and broadcaster specialising in Third World development and environmental issues for the past twenty years. From 1983 to 1998, he was Editor of the renowned magazine, International Agricultural Development. A contributor to leading British papers including the Observer, the Financial Times and the Independent on Sunday, he has also written for many NGOs including Christian Aid, the Panos Institute, and the Catholic Institute for International Relations. He is the author of several books:* When Aid is No Help: How Projects Fail and How They Could Succeed* Trade and the Poor: The Impact of International Trade on Developing Countries* Land is Life: Land Reform and Sustainable Agriculture (co-editor)* Big Business, Poor Peoples: The Impact of Transnational Corporations on the World's Poor.

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