It is the penultimate day of the Nairobi meet of the WTO, but there is still no deal in sight to liberalise global trade. On Thursday, developing countries including India opposed a draft declaration on agriculture, saying it favoured the rich countries.
The day saw the U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asking WTO members to move beyond what he called the cynical repetition of positions designed to produce deadlock and instead discuss what is doable for a successful outcome.
India is set to up the ante at the WTO meet here to ensure that its interests are adequately taken care of after a draft text on agriculture did not address its concerns and largely focused on an agreement on elimination of export subsidies on farm goods and phasing out government support for marketing and transport of agricultural products.
A former student of mine, Luke Hacker formed an organization called Simply Love, which works in Haiti to support educational and agricultural growth in the country. Through this group, I was introduced to an agricultural expert who relayed this personal story about environmental impacts on the island.
The story below is from Zacharie Bien-Aime, Agronomist, Local Technique Agent for the United Nations.
The Supreme Court today sought response of the Centre and eight drought-hit states on a plea seeking direction to make available free food-grains guaranteed under National Food Security Act to all affected.
Successive poor harvests have diminished Ndodana Makhalima's household food stocks and the family's nutrition status. A subsistence farmer in Lupane, about 110 kilometres north of Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, 56 year-old Makhalima has learnt to live with hunger on his door step.
"In the past I could eat umxhanxa (a mix of maize and melon) and inkobe (a mix of maize, cow peas, and groundnuts) throughout the year, but not anymore," Makhalima said.
The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont announced plans to merge on Dec. 11. At the same time, plans were announced to eventually spin off the merged company, DowDuPont, into three separate companies, including what could be the world’s leading production agriculture business.