A Strategy to Create New Beneficiaries from World Trade
Alternatives to Globalization 2004 conference papers
David Barkin, February 2004
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International trade is a discriminatory process, accentuating polarization within and among nations. After examining the way in which integration in the Americas heightens these problems, this paper describes an alternative framework for the productive incorporation of significant groups of communities into the global economy. The strategy for sustainable regional resource management explicitly aims to overcome rural marginalization, contributing to reduce the force of the underlying drivers of social conflict. The strategy generally includes activities to strengthen three fundamental pillars: autonomy, self-sufficiency and productive diversification. Among the activities included in such strategies are: ecosystem management, increased regional production of basic necessities, and productive diversification, creating opportunities for participation in international trade under more advantageous terms.
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