International Trade Forum

Magazine available in three languages focuses on trade development for developing and transition economics. It analyzes trends, opportunities, provides views from trade development experts and reports on International Trade Forum events and services.

Articles from No. 3, July-September

Agri-Business Creating Export Value in Uganda and Senegal
Developing business in commodities such as coffee or tea or in flesh fruit and vegetables represents great potential for growth and employment in Africa, The challenge for these sectors lies in effective and efficient exporting to the right markets....
Agricultural Commodity Price Volatility: How Improved Information and Transparency Can Limit the Swings
The resurgence of high food prices in 2010 awakened fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 food crisis, threatening increasing food insecurity, rampant food price inflation and civil unrest. While, fortunately, the worst fears have not materialized generally,...
Agri-Entrepreneurs Grow Africa: African 'Agri-Entrepreneurs' Are Turning Local Farming into Global Business
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you pay attention to the news, you'll hear two stories about African agriculture. The first is of the drought that sears the Horn of Africa and forces tens of thousands of Somalis now climate refugees--to pack up their...
Agri-Environment as a Market Opportunity
Through its Trade, Climate Change and Environment Programme (TCCEP), ITC is strengthening the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and trade support institutions (TSIs) in agri-environmental sectors in developing countries....
Closing the Gender Gap in Rural Development
In rural areas of the developing world, women are the backbone of their communities. They are farmers, smallholders and m farm labourers; they are the primary caregivers of the young, the elderly, the ill and the disabled. They are often entrepreneurial...
Contract Farming: Opportunities and Risks
Agri-food production and distribution systems are rapidly changing. One of the momentous forces driving this is world population growth. World population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and fertile farmland is increasingly becoming an attractive...
Feeding the Hungry: The Role of Aid for Trade
According to a recent inter-agency report, about 16% of the world's population is chronically undernourished. Aid for Trade is making a contribution to addressing the problem, but much more needs to be done to coordinate policy approaches that will...
Food Aid: A Missed Opportunity for Reform?
The famine in the Horn of Africa has shed light not only on the scale of the human disaster, but the urgent need for long-term agricultural policy reform and an overhaul of the global food aid system. Tonight, some 1 billion people will go to bed...
Growing Pains: The Influence of Climate Change on Agriculture: Implications for Exports of Agri-Food Products from Developing Countries
As a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture is both a contributor to climate change and a potential casualty. Resolving the tension between meeting food security needs whilst also reducing emissions presents a major development challenge,...
Growth Is Good, but Not Enough to Improve Nutrition
Growth--whether driven by the agriculture or non-agriculture sectors--is insufficient to address child malnutrition and reduce micronutrient malnutrition. Strategic investments and special programmes are needed in the complementary sectors of health...
Impediments to Trade in Agri-Food Products
Trade in agricultural commodities has always been particularly sensitive, With decreasing tariffs, non-tariff measures (NTMs) have moved into focus. Applied by the importing or exporting country, NTMs entail various challenges and additional costs...
Leveraging Private Partnerships: Smallholders Tap New Markets in Guatemala
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Before the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) came to the isolated El Quiche region in the highlands of Guatemala more than 20 years ago, the roads were few and far between, irrigation systems and processing...
Message from Patricia Francis: Executive Director, ITC
Somalia is facing one of the worst food crises the world has seen in 60 years. The scale of the humanitarian disaster provides an ominous backdrop to this issue of International Trade Forum as we focus on food security, agriculture and trade development....
New Approaches to Feeding the World's Population
Development aid has targeted food security and agri-business for more than 40 years, but has yet to succeed in overcoming the imbalance between supply and demand. Nor has it made much impact on reducing hunger and rural poverty among communities that...
Opinion Pieces: Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture-The Arguments for & Against: International Trade Forum Asks Two Leading Experts to Present the Case about Genetically Modified Organisms
MOLLY HURLEY-DEPRET Communications Officer Green Biotechnology Europe, EuropaBio [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CASE FOR GMOs: The global trade in agricultural commodities: GM crops are here to stay In the spring of 2011, newspapers reported...
The Advantage of Awareness in Accessing Foreign Markets: Tunisian Institutions on Track to Successful Networking for Trade Intelligence
Tunisia has a flourishing agri-food products industry, with a growing reputation for quality. Some 10.8% of the labour force was employed in agriculture in 2010, contributing to the fight against unemployment and sustaining livelihoods. Accessing and...
Water Smart: The Role of Water and Technology in Food Security
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The recent drought-related famine in East Africa has put the focus on the need to make smarter use of existing water resources and, where possible, make more water available for food production. Smart water management technologies...
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