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South India: Workshop - Understanding RCEP and its implications

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___focusweb.org_sites_www.focusweb.org_files_RCEP_rotest_Dec_1_-_3.jpgRCEP is a proposed trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region including India that together cover half the world's population.[1]  Launched in November 2012, the 17th round of offical talks took place in Kobe, Japan (26 February to 3 March 2017). The 18th round of RCEP’s trade negotiations committee will be hosted by the Government of India in July 2017. But the key question is what positions should India be taking? 

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Additional Blow to Agriculture Through RCEP Unacceptable: NOUMINREN

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-03-21_Nouminren.jpgPosition Paper for the RCEP Kobe Round by Japan Family Farmers Movement

Farmers in Japan have a serious concern that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will damage small family farming and undermine the foundation of steadily feeding rising population in Asia. Under the liberalization policies promoted by national governments, the WTO, and various FTAs, small farmers already face hardship due to the influx of low-priced agricultural imports. Additional blow of liberalization by the RCEP will certainly accelerate the plight of farmers more unbearable.

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On March 25: European peasant movement joins demonstration in ROME for an EU that serves the People

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Brussels, 3 March 2017

Peasant Movement joins demonstrations in Rome on 25 March: For healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in Europe

The European Coordination Vía Campesina along with allied groups and grassroots networks from throughout Europe will be mobilizing this 25 March in Rome– on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – for another Europe, for one that cares for its People, and for an agricultural policy that provides quality food, decent income and livelihoods for producers and workers and protects the environment.

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"CETA is a false solution to economic and political woes" - National Farmers Union

By Jan Slomp,

President, National Farmers Union 

Since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, a shocking list of executive orders is making people around the world uneasy about unpredictable days ahead. Democracy and civil liberties are in peril. It is reasonable for Canadian and European officials to respond with concern to Trump's aberrations. But it appears that, fearing the uncertainty, they have rushed to ratify CETA. 

The deal offers the language of prosperity and progress, but in reality, accelerates income inequality and grassroots unrest. Both Canadian and European politicians fail to understand that decades of free trade-like policies have deprived too many US citizens of their economic sustenance and thereby helped to elect Donald Trump.

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