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. 2015 Mar;22(1):60-3.
doi: 10.1177/1757975914531029. Epub 2014 May 9.

Re-envisioning Global Agricultural Trade: Time for a Paradigm Shift to Ensure Food Security and Population Health in Low-Income Countries

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Re-envisioning Global Agricultural Trade: Time for a Paradigm Shift to Ensure Food Security and Population Health in Low-Income Countries

Catherine M Pirkle et al. Glob Health Promot. .

Abstract

In this commentary, we use examples from West Africa to highlight how the liberalization of global agricultural trade exacerbates population health inequalities by threatening the livelihoods and food security of communities in low-income settings. We highlight the exploitative nature of trade agreements with West African countries demonstrating how these agreements disincentivize local agricultural investment and take jobs away from small-scale farmers. Further, we link agricultural trade liberalization to increased food insecurity, malnutrition, and exposure to environmental contaminants. Finally, we propose a paradigm shift that advocates for food sovereignty and the right to food.

Keywords: Africa; environmental health/pollution; equity/social justice; food security; global health/globalization.

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