Experience shows that these MNCs enjoy a dominant position. It is a position of strength that enables them to act independently of competitive forces.
In a country where a majority of the population is engaged in increasingly unviable agriculture, shouldn’t politicians talk about the trade rules that make it so?
There must be ex ante human rights impact assessment of the trade agreements and investment treaties that are being negotiated by the ASEAN Community.
The question to ask is whether it makes environmental sense or effects social justice to ship our dals from across the seas?
To improve the lives of farmers and ensure development, stakeholder consultation must be a priority, not simply more intellectual property rights.