From Dumping to Volatility: The Lessons of Trade Liberalization for Agriculture

Excerpt from UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013

This piece is an IATP commentary originally published in the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013.

The weakening of agricultural, financial and trade rules has contributed significantly to increased volatility and corporate concentration in agricultural markets. This increased volatility is harmful to long-term investments to protect the environment and build climate resilience in agriculture. Public investment and regulation is needed to ensure stable food supplies and fair prices, and to facilitate a shift to sustainable agricultural practices.

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