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While the World Bank and WTO say that more market access in developing countries is the only answer to the global food crisis, the UN’s \'Economic and Social Survey 2008\' claims market liberalisation has actually contributed to the food crisis It couldn\'t have been better timed. The global food crisis is turning out to be a saviour for the agribusiness industry. More free trade and the fast-track adoption of genetically modified crops are being proposed as possible solutions.
Market access and the food crisis
by Devinder Sharma, InfoChange News & Features, 01 July, 2008
The suggestion of the developed world that India should open up its market for imports is likely to prove fatal for farmers and food security. US trade representative Susan Schwab in the last week urged India to open up its markets for imports, as it would help in its effort to contain the rising trend in prices. She said “Imports can have a positive impact for the average Indian who will then have the surplus for spending on health and education.” This was expected from Schwab. US has always been asking for market access in the developing world, even as the developed countries continue to heavily subsidise their agriculture and depress global prices and erect tariff and non-tariff barriers. If in this situation the developing world follows Schwab’s suggestion seriously, it would amount to inviting a doom to their farm sector. The farmers’ organisation in the country have rightly reacted to Schwab’s statement. Krishan Bir Chaudhary of Bharat Krishak Samaj said “It is a matter of shame for US to ask for undue matter access in the third world, while it continues with its unfair trade practices. Schwab has ultimately disclosed US intention to destroy the food and livelihood security in the third world.”
Opening up of Indian imports market may prove fatal for farmers and food securit
by ASHOK B SHARMA, Arkitectindia, 19 April, 2007
Although much is at stake at the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Hong Kong this week, the success of the talks will largely hinge on one issue: the willingness of the U.S., Japan, and the European Union to live up to their own \"free trade\" rhetoric and to substantially cut their agricultural subsidies. By providing nearly $1 billion dollars a day in subsidies for their own farmers, the world\'s wealthiest countries, which regularly preach the virtues of open markets for poorer nations, are guilty of the rankest hypocrisy. Be that as it may, a key question remains for critics of corporate globalization based both in the first world and in the global South: Is market access really the answer to poverty?
Is Market Access the Answer to Poverty?
by Mark Engler, ZNet, 16 December, 2005
A Key question has taken centre stage in world trade talks: whether developing countries have the right to food security and to protect the livelihood of their farmers, or whether they must allow cheaper imports that may overwhelm local agriculture. Lately this controversy has been raging at the World Trade Organisation. Most developing countries are arguing in the World Trade Organisation that food security and their farmers\' livelihoods are more important than the abstract principle of free trade or /market access\'.
Right to food security
by M.K.Writes, Frontier, 23 July, 2006