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.



Sitting on the Docks: The SPS Agreement and the Fish Industry in Uganda

Uganda is a low-income, trade and aid dependent country in sub-Saharan Africa. Exports (primarily traditional items such as coffee, tea and cotton and non-traditional items such as fish and fish products, electricity, horticultural products and vanilla, plus remittances) are 10 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) while imports (manufactures, equipment and machinery) are about 20 per cent. It is a predominately agricultural-based economy that is self-sufficient in food and has a relatively small but growing manufacturing sector. In an effort to widen its export basket and ease the burden of its chronic trade deficit, the country has been seeking to shift from traditional exports into dynamic primary and higher valued exports such as horticulture and fish and fish products.


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