Slow Trade - Sound Farming: A Multilateral Framework for Sustainable Markets in Agriculture

Slow Trade - Sound Farming: A Multilateral Framework for Sustainable Markets in Agriculture

February 23, 2010 by Wolfgang Sachs und Tilman Santarius, others
Heinrich Böll Foundation & misereor
Place of Publication: Berlin
Date of Publication: 2007
Number of Pages: 96
Language of Publication: English and Arabic
ISBN: 978-3-88916-271-7

 

 

Print version available at Heinrich Boell Foundation Middle East office in Beirut

The reform of agricultural trade rules is at the center of negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding a multilateral framework for the global economy. However, the reforms envisaged do not bode well for the future of agriculture across the globe. They will deepen the desperation of farmers across the world and undermine local and global ecosystems. In contrast, this report explores new directions for trade rules beyond the free trade paradigm. Placing the challenges posed to agriculture and rural communities at the center of attention, it proposes political perspectives and policy instruments for a trading system that offers genuine opportunities for the poor, preserves the environment, and helps agriculture leap into the post-fossil age.
 
This report is the result of the EcoFair Trade Dialogue, a two-years extensive consultation and exchange process that took place across all continents. The proposals have been discussed and improved upon by a great number of representatives from farmer organizations and grass-roots initiatives, politics, the academic world, and civil society organizations. As it is high time to achieve a paradigm shift and start trade negotiations towards a General Agreement on Sustainable Trade, this report understands itself as a contribution to this aim.
 
Slow Trade – Sound Farming
A Multilateral Framework for Sustainable Markets in Agriculture

Authors Wolfgang Sachs und Tilman Santarius in collaboration with Souleymane Bassoum, Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, Gonzalo Fanjul Suárez, Anna Luiza Ferreira Pijnappel, Arze Glipo, Aileen Kwa, Hannes Lorenzen, Sophia Murphy, Oduor Ong’wen, Rita Schwentesius Rindermann. Published by Heinrich Böll Foundation & misereor: Berlin 2007; 96 p.;
ISBN 978-3-88916-271-7 Slow Trade – Sound Farming
A Multilateral Framework for Sustainable Markets in AgricultureSlow Trade – Sound Farming
A Multilateral Framework for Sustainable Markets in Agriculture

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