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US farmers push for free milk market access to Kenya in trade talks
US dairy farmers want unfettered access of their milk products to the Kenyan market in the proposed free trade agreement between Nairobi and Washington, which could have far-reaching implications on Kenya’s milk farmers.
Love of Stilton drives wedge between UK and Japan in post-Brexit trade talks
Consensus crumbles after UK’s international trade secretary reportedly sought to make the cheese a part of negotiations.
Why food blocks a British-American trade deal: It’s a pig of a problem
America regards Brexit as an opportunity to export pork and chicken, among other foods, across the Atlantic. Many Britons do not like that idea.
Cyprus blocks EU-Canada trade deal because of Halloumi
There is a new hurdle for the CETA economic agreement between the EU and Canada – this time from Cyprus. The country is concerned about the sale of agricultural products.
COMESA Business Council Makes 21 Recommendations On Seed Trade
The COMESA Business Council recently convened a webinar on “Unlocking Food Security Through Improved Seed Trade in COMESA” aimed at discussing issues of access to quality and affordable seed and challenges in trade facilitation in the movement of seed across borders amidst COVID-19.
Thai House Committee on CPTPP presses clarification on Thailand official observer status in UPOV
Thai House of Representatives Committee investigating potential impacts of CPTPP heard report from its Subcommittee on Agriculture.
Brazil optimistic about a Mercosur free trade accord with Canada
An estimate by Brazil´s Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) points out that the conclusion of a free trade agreement between Mercosur and Canada has the potential to increase Brazilian export revenues of agricultural products by US$7.8 billion.
Argentina nears China hog deal it hopes could turbocharge local pork production
Argentina is nearing an initial agreement with China that could pave for the way for potential investments by the Asian giant in local pork production for export, Argentina’s undersecretary of trade and investment promotion told Reuters.
New EU ‘trade enforcement officer’ might be ‘game-changer’ on Mercosur
The president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA), has said the very first item the newly appointed EU Chief Trade Enforcement Officer (CTEO) must deal with is “multiple aspects of the trade deals permitting the importation of South American beef”.
What Kenya is seeking in free trade deal talks with America
Kenya’s need to export value-added agricultural products dominated the first round of talks with America after its formal launch on Wednesday last week.
First bilateral trade agreement signed between EU and China
The first significant bilateral trade agreement has been signed between the European Union (EU) and China this morning, Monday, July 20.
India-US FTA on the cards preceded by limited trade deal, informs Commerce Ministry
India and the US are close to concluding an initial limited trade package followed by a possible bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
Creating a feminist alliance for trade justice
Trade liberalisation is incompatible with women’s human rights and gender equality when corporations exploit women’s cheap labour as a source of comparative advantage.
No more EFTA power play against the South!
Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway are undermining farmers’ rights to seeds in the countries of the global South
Swiss supermarkets ban produce from occupied Western Sahara
The Swiss Federal Council stated on several occasions that it did not consider its free trade agreement with Morocco to apply to the large part of Western Sahara that is under Moroccan occupation.
’New economic chapter’ as Indonesia free-trade agreement begins
Australia’s new free-trade agreement with Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country, officially began on Sunday.
EU-Mercosur deal will have devastating impact on climate, NGOs warn
While the agreement still has to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, farmers and environmental NGOs remain disappointed.
UK-US trade: New body to advise on welfare and competition in farming
Farmers have welcomed plans for a new body to advise ministers on welfare standards and fair competition in trade deals with the US and other nations.
China delivers further tariff slap to Aussie grains sector
The China - Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has not been enough to protect Australia’s grains industry from China raising import tariffs on barley and sorghum.
Kenya seeks to shield key state firms in US deal
Kenya is keen on protecting key economic sectors and several strategic state-owned enterprises from the Free Trade Agreement ahead of trade talks with the US slated for July.