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Trends in agri-markets and trade policy: the farmer's perspective. Globalization, pressures on farmers, and the policy implications

Trends in agri-markets and trade policy: the farmer's perspective. Globalization, pressures on farmers, and the policy implications

World Farmers' Times 14(6): 7-9

Five pressures on the world's farmers today are highlighted: pressure to reduce production costs and become more competitive; concentration of the industry upstream and downstream of the farming sector; pressure from consumers and civil society; pressure from world market instability; the rising gap between rich and poor. The reaction of farmers is then considered: to try to get more value out of their farming; diversification into services; and leaving the land.

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