Trading Stories

Experiences with Gender and Trade

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Through twenty regional and country case studies, Trading Stories pulls together the key links between trade, gender and economic development. Ten case studies focus on the gender impacts of trade policies, detailing differential consequences on men and women; and ten focus on linking women with global markets – including FairTrade, organic, niche and mainstream markets – through a range of best practices involving government, NGOs, people’s organisations and associations, private sector and international agencies.

The book draws on three recent Commonwealth Secretariat publications on gender and trade: Gender Mainstreaming in the Multilateral Trading System; Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets; and Gender and Trade Action Guide and is a useful addition to the growing body of evidence that will help governments to effectively mainstream gender in their trade policy.



A Beautiful Business: The Case of Pure Fiji

One of the fastest growing markets in Europe, Japan and the USA is that for beauty and health goods based on natural products, mainly non-timber forest products (NTFPs), many of which are found in developing countries. It is estimated that there are approximately 150 NTFPs of major significance in international trade and that this market is growing dramatically each year (Carr, 2008). While there are some exports without value added, there is an increasing trend towards local processing of a range of more sophisticated goods, and it is important that the rural communities – and particularly the women – to whom these resources belong are able to benefit from this trend.


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