Not Under The Same Sky

This publication is an initial report on the spread of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) throughout the Asia-Pacific and their impacts on agriculture and food sovereignty, in the context of the current state of play of the WTO, and the devastating legacy of agricultural liberalisation through World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) structural adjustment programmes. This report examines some of the agricultural liberalisation aspects of FTAs, and also considers concerns about other provisions which impact farmers and food sovereignty in the areas of intellectual property, sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) and investment, including actual or projected impacts on relevant national legislation in areas such as biosafety. Like WTO agreements, FTA negotiating goals are formed by corporations working closely with government officials. This report backgrounds some of the history behind how agriculture first became subject to global free trade rules at the WTO, and examines both the interests of corporate capital in FTA moves, as well as broader geopolitical goals of the governments involved in FTAs in the Asia-Pacific.


Title: Not Under The Same Sky
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: biosafety
food sovereignty
Date: 5-Feb-2007
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Free Trade Agreements (FTA)

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