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Incorporating Gender Considerations for the Designation of Special Products in WTO Agriculture Negotiations

Global Women's Project | Thu, Mar 17, 2005

By Maria Pia Hernandez
"In her recent analysis ""Incorporating Gender Considerations for the Designation of Special Products in WTO Agriculture Negotiations,"  Maria Pia Hernandez, Coordinator of the IGTN's Geneva office, argues that" trade policies require an approach that recognizes the interconnections between trade and other macro and micro level policies, which involve gender relations, human development and socioeconomic processes"" especially when it comes to agricultural products.

"Some organizations like FAO have started talking about the 'feminization of agriculture' in the developing world, based on the facts that women represent 66% of the economically active population working in the sector and are identified as major providers of food and income for their families and communities in rural areas," she writes. ""Nonetheless, statistics have also demonstrated that women tend to be disproportionately poor and disadvantaged; representing over 70% of the poorest global population with low level of ownership, control and access to productive and economic resources, assets and markets."

Read her full analysis for more on how trade policies affect special products and have a real impact on women's lives all over the globe."
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