On 24 February 2020, Donald Trump made a two-day presidential visit to India where he was expected to sign a bilateral free trade deal with Narendra Modi. A statement issued from that meeting said that the two leaders agreed to soon conclude a “phase one” trade agreement, if possible before the end of the year. This would be followed later on by a comprehensive trade agreement.
The announcement of the proposed deal was a shock for millions of small-scale Indian food producers and informal traders because they stand to be directly affected. While there is no discussion or consultation on the proposal, nor has a text been made available to the public or discussed on the floor of the Indian Parliament, it is clear that India’s agricultural sector will be targeted.
In this video, Kannaiyan Subramaniam from the South India Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements, speaks to Afsar Jafri – policy analyst and researcher from GRAIN discuss the possible impacts of this proposed agreement on India’s small-scale food producers.
For more on the issue read: Perils of the US-India free trade agreement for Indian farmers