FISHERIES | JAN. 27, 2017
This study identifies key negotiating issues for a development-friendly outcome in WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, highlighting the interests of LDCs.
Over-exploitation of the world’s marine resources has long raised concerns over unsustainable fish trade. In particular, fisheries subsidies have been criticised both for their environmental and trade-distorting impacts, to the detriment of the developing world and more so the small island developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). While WTO talks over disciplining such subsidies have dragged on, renewed momentum following the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has spurred hopes to see negotiations concluded in the near future.
Climate, Food & Trade >Bringing together East African Community (EAC) stakeholders, in five countries and in Geneva, to pursue a more integrated policy framework on issues of food security, climate change and trade.
Trade Policy Making >Generating a more coherent and pro-trade for development voice in the formulation and implementation of trade and development policy at both the national and international levels.
This study investigates the political economy aspects of food trade in East Africa, with a focus on political and social interactions in the production and trade of maize and rice. Findings indicate that in spite of the Customs Union Protocol, non-tariff barriers remain a major hindrance to cross-border agriculture trade. Furthermore, policymakers rarely engage non-state actors in policy measures around food staples, which are subject to political influence.
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