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ACP Civil Society Call on the ACP, LDCs and the Africa group at WTO MC9

ACP Civil Society Call on the ACP, LDCs and the Africa group at WTO MC9

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In this call from 4 Dec 2013 ACP Civil Society calls on the ACP, the Africa Group and the LDCs to Defend Food Sovereignty and Support the G-33 in the WTO

In this call from 4 Dec 2013 ACP Civil Society calls on the ACP, the Africa Group and the LDCs to Defend Food Sovereignty and Support the G-33 in the WTO

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ACP Civil Society Calls on the ACP, the Africa Group and the LDCs to Defend Food Sovereignty and Support the G-33
Original Publication Date: 4 December, 2013, Bali
As developed countries ratchet up pressure at the 9th WTO Ministerial at Bali and blame India for the stalemate on food security, it is critical that the ACP, the Africa Group and the LDCs step up and defend the interests of their peasantry and food sovereignty of their populations. The ACP, the Africa Group and the LDCs are being led to believe that any deal on development and the LDC package (which is still just best endeavour) is contingent on all developing countries falling into line with the US demand that government support to food security programs cannot violate a flawed amber box. As Ministers may recall, the Agreement on Agriculture boxes were crafted by the US and the EU to shelter their own agriculture programs. It is not only unfair, but unethical that developing countries now be denied the right to increase public support for domestic and publicly funded food stockholdings for ensuring food security for their populations. Let us not be in any delusion that this is an “India” only issue. The recent food crises in over 30 countries have shown us that global trade is a highly unreliable mechanism to ensure food security for our populations. Countries need robust and predictable systems of food procurement and stable food supplies to ensure food security. Many countries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific already have food procurement/food security programs that need flexibility for the future We wish to remind you that a Bali package that requires our countries to take on onerous and costly commitments on trade facilitation for empty verbal promises on finance do not merit giving up our food security. This would be a tragic mockery of the so-called ‘development agenda’ at the cost of our right to develop a robust domestic response to food price volatility in the future. Rather than blindly praising the so-called Bali package, all developing countries including the ACP, the Africa Group and LDCs, must amplify their voices to support the Indian position that the development and LDC package should be accepted and that there should be no further negotiations in Bali on the G33 proposal until a consensus is reached in Geneva that supports food security outcomes for all developing countries. Signed by
ACAISA- Association Commerciale, Agricole, Industriel et du Service 2.
African Coalition on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) 3.
Agricultural Workers Union of TUC 4.
Alliance Pour La Reconstruction Et Le Developpement Post-Conflit (ARDCP) 5.
Botswana Council of Non Governmental Organisations : BOCONGO
Civil Society Movement of Sierra Leone 8.
Civil Society Organization Network for Development (RESOCIDE) 9.
Cadre de concertation des OSC pour le suivi du CSLP (CdC/CSLP) 10.
Civil society Plat-form “Action Développement et IntégrationRégionale” "ADIR" 11.
CNONGD - Conseil National des ONG de Développement 12.
ConcertationNationale Des Organisationspaysannes et des Producteurs (CNOP) 13.
Conseil de Concertation des ONGs de Développement (CCOD) du Congo Brazzaville 15.
Consumer Education Trust 17.
Council for NGOs (CANGO), Swaziland 18.
ECONEWS Africa, Kenya 19.
Federation de Femmes Enterpreneurs et Affairs de la CEDEAO (FEFA) 20.
FONGDD - Forum des ONG pour le Développement Durable 21.
Fórum das OrganizaçõesNãoGovernamentaisAngolanas – (FONGA) Forum of NGOs in Angola (FONGA) 22.
Foundation pour le Developpment au Sahel – FDS 23.
Grouped'Action et de Reflexionsurl'Environnement et le Développement (GARED) 24.
Grouped'Action et de Reflexionsurl'Environnement et le Développement (GARED) 25.
Groupe de Recherche et d'Action pour la Promotion de l'Agriculture et du Développement (GRAPAD) 26.
InstitutoNacional de Estudos e Pesquisa (INEI) 27.
LDC Watch 28.
Lesotho Council of NGOs (LCN) 29.
Malawi Economic Justice Network (national NGO platform) 30.
Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS) 31.
Namibia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum Trust 32.
National Association of NGOs (NANGO) 33.
National Association of Nigerian Traders- (NANTS) 34.
National Council of NGOs 35.
National du Réseau des Ong de Développement et Associations de Défense des Droits de l'Homme et de la Démocratie-RODADDHD- 36.
National Forum for Mozambiquan NGOs and CBOs (TEIA) 37.
PANE &Cotonou Task Force Chairperson 38.
Plate-forme des acteurs non étatiques pour le suivi de l'Accord de Cotonou au Sénégal 39.
Plate-FormeNationale des Organisations de la SocieteCivile de Madagascar 40.
Rwanda Civil Society Platform 41.
Seychelles Civil Society Organisations (Liaison Unit of the non-governmental organisations of Seychelles - LUNGOS) 42.
South African NGO Council (SANGOCO), 43.
Southern African Development Community Council of NGOs (SADC-CNGO) 44.
SEATINI-Zimbabwe 45.
SEATINI-Uganda 46.
Tanzania Association of NGOs 47.
West African Women Association- WAWA 48.
World View 49.
Zambia Council for Social Development

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