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.



Profits Fly the Coop: Gender Impacts of Trade Liberalisation on the Jamaican Poultry Industry

Like many other developing countries, Jamaica has increasingly liberalised its agricultural imports, opening up to competition from cheaper, often subsidised, products. This process has resulted in displacement of the products and livelihoods of local farmers in major areas of agricultural production. Although poultry farming has held its own in the local market – and is faring better than other sectors such as sugar, bananas and dairy – the industry is significantly affected by cheap imports of chicken parts, in addition to facing other challenges such as high energy and feed costs, as well as the effects of hurricanes and other weather risks.


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