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Agriculture, Poverty and Rural Development under Globalization

The seminar “Agriculture, Poverty, and Rural Development under Globalization” was the fourth and last activity of the 2005 Agricultural Policy Forum promoted by the National Agricultural Policy Center (NAPC) with the support of the FAO Project GCP/SYR/006/ITA. Mr Donato Romano, Professor from University of Florence, Italy, delivered the seminar on 20 December 2005 at the NAPC premises.

The seminar aimed at discussing the challenges of the globalization phenomenon to Less Developed Countries (LDCs), and analyzing its potential impacts with particular reference to agriculture and rural development as well as poverty. The forum also intended to contribute to a better understanding of the impacts resulting from globalization and to the development of appropriate policies.

Mr Romano highlighted the different outcomes of globalization that work in the economic and agriculture sectors. As a discriminating phenomenon, globalization implies systematic asymmetries. The consequences of these asymmetries are reflected in the changes in agricultural role in economic development and in agricultural world trade and its composition, which has witnessed a progressive shift from a comparative advantages-based trade (implying cost competition), towards a reputation-based trade (implying quality competition) for agricultural products.

 

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