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Dashed Expectations

Small-scale farmers are the clear losers in the first year of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

The Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Colombia entered into force over a year ago. A study commissioned by Oxfam looked at the available data from the first nine months of the Agreement and identified some worrying overall trends as well as specific agricultural products at risk of adverse impacts affecting small-scale producers in Colombia. The study examined a set of indicators to create a risk index and alert system, ranking whey, rice, white corn, milk powder, and pork to be at greatest risk because of increased imports from the United States and a fall in import prices.

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