Shifting the Goalposts

It seems that agriculture policy lends itself well to sporting analogies – we often hear of governments shifting the goalposts, particularly in favor of domestic suppliers, while less often but continuing the analogy, we sometimes hear of actions that might level the playing field. But perhaps we need to focus a little more on how we might play to win.

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The TPP just one leg of the stool for Asia’s food security

The signing this week of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the 12 nations party to it, has been met, in Australia at least, with generally positive commentary and in particular the tenacious negotiating tactics of Australia’s Trade Minister, Andrew Robb.

On paper, the TPP looks like a good deal for Australia: reducing trade barriers for Australian agricultural produce and potentially opening up new export markets.

However, will the TPP help address the far more pressing issue of helping to improve Asia’s food security and the lot of more than 400 million smallholder farmers who go to make up the region’s agricultural economy?

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