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.



Trade is Blooming: The Case of Ramesh Flowers in India

India has exported dried flowers and plants for the last 40 years, and today it is one of the leading countries in the field, with exports valued at about Rs100 crores41 per annum. India exports about 500 varieties of dried flowers to 20 countries, and they are highly in demand in the UK and USA. Dried flowers are the most promising sector of the floriculture industry because they are more easily transported and exported than fresh cut flowers, which are perishable and need special cold chain technology and rapid air transportation to reach distant markets in good condition (Indiamart, n.d.). While dried flowers are still a small part of the total floriculture industry, they have already established a significant presence in the world market and are poised for greater growth as demand for natural products increases.


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