Tea pickers working in the field. In 2015, the UK obtained 79 per cent of all tea imports from developing countries. <br/ > Photo: ©J. Micaud / FAO
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The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are also waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. The latest positive signal from the UK Government should let them breathe a sigh of relief.

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Agricultural subsidies are the biggest obstacles in international trade talks. Now the EU and Brazil have submitted a joint proposal to the WTO calling for a harmonisation of domestic subsidies to promote fair global…

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Nowadays, there are no end of shops that sell fairly-traded products. However, significantly more producers could benefit from this – above all if there was more support from the major brands.

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A report by FAO addresses informal trade in sub-Saharan Africa and provides a broad overview as well as policy recommendations. Informal trade is very common in sub-Saharan Africa, but differs from region to region.

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Farmers of Rice Fund Surin, Thailand, receiving the organic premium.<br/> Photo: © Helvetas
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The Organic and Fair Trade Rice Project supports small rice farmers in India and Thailand in improving their livelihoods through organic farming practices and access to markets via a direct long-term partnership of…

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Will the world be able to feed itself adequately in 2030? Yes, our author maintains – provided that countries opt for lifting trade restrictions and thus ensuring an optimum and sustainable use of the world’s scarce…

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At first glance, global commodity flows and sustainable development do not exactly seem compatible. But the following article shows that international trade can indeed contribute to addressing critical food security and…

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Building on the findings of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s flagship report ‘The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2015-16’, this article argues that a better balance between technical and strategic…

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Trade in agricultural products is of considerable importance to the economies of most African countries. Imports often play an important role in feeding a growing population. At the same time, they exert competitive…

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In 2003, Nigeria banned chicken meat imports to protect the domestic poultry sector. Yet the markets in Africa’s largest economy are full of frozen poultry smuggled over the border from neighbouring Benin. Those who…

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