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New FTA Report from the Sustainable Ag Foundation

In Research on 07/01/2010 at 3:04 am

written by Sajin Prachason – Sustainable Agriculture Foundation (Thailand) and FTA Watch

From the report:

5) Adjustment to free trade does not simply happen and farmers are pushed to join contract farming.

When farmers are unable to compete with import products, they are told to adjust themselves to the new business environment or simply change to do other jobs.  But for many farmers adjustment means to continue growing the same crops because it is part of their lives and these very same crops had proved for years to provide them and their families with basic needs and some levels of luxury. For other farmers, adjustment means to join government programs or companies in contract farming.  This is especially true in Thailand since contract farming is promoted by many policy makers and organizations because of their promises on market access and guaranteed prices for farmers.  In fact, contract farming may be favourable for farmers if contracts are negotiated on equal footing and there is a mechanism to regulate and control unfair practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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