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MPs ratify UK-Kenya trade deal
Trade Committee chairman fears that the Kenya-UK Economic Partnership Agreement ratified on tuesday night by Kenyan MPs will open floodgates for the dumping of agricultural goods.
What Indonesia’s palm oil is losing in Swiss trade deal
If Indonesia only focuses on the formal process in palm oil international trade, it may still lose the battle of public opinion that may risk its markets and consumers worldwide.
Can an Australia–India FTA succeed where RCEP failed?
Having secured free trade agreements (FTAs) with almost all key trading partners, Australia is honing in on a long elusive but lucrative market — India. Tensions with China, the need to find new sources of economic growth and government policy to diversify trading partners are pushing Australia into India’s arms.
Swiss free trade deal with Indonesia narrowly survives referendum
Voters in Switzerland have given the green light to a free trade deal with Indonesia with a small majority of 51.6%.
Wheat growers eye Indonesian trade talks
The wheat sector is excited about the prospect of Canada entering into trade agreement negotiations with Indonesia.
EFTA insists on the UPOV clause in negotiating mandates for free trade agreements (FTAs)
EFTA’s response to the June 2020 open letter, supported by 250 organisations from around the world, is disappointing. EFTA maintains the UPOV 91 requirement in FTAs. The right to seeds therefore remains under pressure.
Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum & ECONEWS Africa court case challenging the Kenya-UK Economic Partnership Agreement
The case was filed this monday at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division, and seeks to compel the Government to ensure transparency and effective public participation before the agreement is made into law by the National Assembly.
Palm oil in focus as Swiss vote on trade pact with Indonesia
Swiss voters will decide on a free trade agreement with Indonesia on Sunday, with lower tariffs on palm oil imports the main issue in what the polls predict will be a tight referendum.
Kenyan small scale farmers sue government over UK trade pact
Kenya small scale farmers are seeking to stop the government from entering into a trade pact with UK, claiming that the deal will hurt the rural farmers as their products will have to compete with those from UK.
China-EU agreement on geographical indications takes effect
GI is a label used for identifying the geographical origin of a product, and is an important type of intellectual property right.
Western Sahara returns to European Court of Justice
The European Court of Justice is next week to discuss EU-Morocco accords allowing Rabat to export goods from Western Sahara that are contested by the pro-independence Polisario Front.
Kenya Miraa trade: Britain bilateral and multilateral agreements disclosure
Kenyan organisations raise concerns over Miraa trade and call for an intervention of the Ministry of Agriculture to publish and review all trade agreements between Kenya and Britain.
Kerala: Farmers demand that Centre withdraws from ASEAN agreement
Farmers from Kerala marched to the regional office of the Rubber Board, demanding that the Centre withdraw from the ASEAN free trade agreement.
EU farmers call for coherence amid Mercosur deal and climate action
An EU-Mercosur deal would be potentially detrimental to European farmers’ stability, EU farm organisation CEJA has warned.
Brazil and Britain sign "Poison Memorandum"
Brazil and the United Kingdom created a joint committee to facilitate the relationship in agribusiness.
Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban
Internal USTR communications lay out how the agrochemical industry is “pushing” for the US to fold this issue into the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Can SA trust the EU’s commitment to fair trade?
All too often SA is condemned by the EU, Brazil and others for implementing necessary trade defence measures against unfair competition. But it is interesting to observe how the EU, a culprit of dumping in SA, fights to protect itself against dumping at all costs.
The Swiss Farmers’ Union: Sustainability reduced to absurdity
The FTA with Indonesia showcases a supposed sustainability, but it is only a large-scale scam.
Drystock farmers to lose out to increased imports in EU plans for 12 trade agreements
It is envisaged sheep meat imports from Australia and New Zealand would result in sheep prices in the EU falling by 1.9% to 3.1%.
PBI-Switzerland notes referendum on free trade deal with Indonesia as Canada launches consultation on similar agreement
Human rights defenders on the ground have been drawing attention for many years to the negative consequences of palm oil cultivation for small farmers, indigenous people and the environment.