Trade, Aid and Climate Policies

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Public policies in trade, aid and agriculture have the power to either support or marginalize small-scale food producers and agricultural biodiversity. Some well-intentioned public policies have unintentional and even harmful consequences, especially when control over resources is concentrated in the hands of corporations and a few powerful individuals. Agricultural policies have been malformed by structural adjustment, the conditions for debt financing by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund which have been used in the global South since the 1980s to force a reduction in public spending and increase trade liberalization, including removing protective mechanisms against dumping, such as supply management boards and tariffs on imports.

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