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.



Slipping on a Peel: The Effects of Changing Trade Regimes on the St Lucia Banana Industry

The countries of the eastern Caribbean, with the exception of St Kitts and Nevis, moved out of the production of sugar on account of the significant decline of the industry during the nineteenth century (ECLAC, 2008). Bananas became the main replacement crop from the 1880s. This was so profitable, particularly for smaller producers, who were mainly women, that it was referred to as ‘green gold’. The impact of the banana industry soon became very visible on the St Lucian landscape, especially in the rural areas. Small farmers were able to purchase land, build decent houses and improve their standard of living.


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