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'Right to Food Impact Assessment of the EU-India Trade Agreement'

Concerns have been expressed for some time by policymakers, analysts, NGOs, and affected groups about the impacts of the ambitious EU-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA), being currently negotiated, on vulnerable groups in India. There are major concerns related to agriculture and access to food as the EU has demanded not only significant tariff reduction in cereals, dairy, poultry, fisheries, processed food along with wines and alcoholic beverages, but services trade liberalisation in sectors such as retail, investment chapters that can affect access to land for farmers, and TRIPs plus intellectual property rights that affect agriculture.

Misereor, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Third World Network, Anthra and Glopolis have recently conducted and published in December 2011 ‘The Right to Food Impact Assessment (RFIA) of the EU-India Trade Agreement’. The exercise is based on the guiding principles of human rights impact assessments of trade and investment agreements developed by Prof. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food. The RFIA concentrates on dairy and poultry farmers, informal retail workers and on land & investment, and finds evidence of significant threats to both livelihoods and to the direct access to food of millions of agricultural farmers, workers and poor consumers in India.

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