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Agricultural Trade and the Human Right to Food: The Case of Small Rice Producers in Ghana, Honduras, and Indonesia

  • Armin Paasch
  • Frank Garbers
  • Thomas Hirsch


Rice production and rice policies have an immediate relevance for food security in the world. This article summarizes a comprehensive study commissioned by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), and conducted by the FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN) (see Paasch, Garbers and Hirsch 2007). The study examines the impact of specific rice trade policies on the Human Right to Adequate Food of specific rice producing communities in Ghana, Honduras, and Indonesia and analyzes causal chains, first between sharp increases of rice imports and hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity, and secondly between these import increases and certain trade and agricultural policies. The case studies also include a thorough human rights analysis of the findings, distinguishing between the different obligations and responsibilities of national governments, external States, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). We obtain insights into the causes for the replacement of local rice production in developing countries with imports and explanations why the populations of these countries have been hit so hard by the price increases.


Food Insecurity International Monetary Fund World Trade Organization Adequate Food Rice Price 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MisereorAachenGermany
  2. 2.Terre des HommesOsnabrückGermany
  3. 3.Brot für die WeltStuttgartGermany

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