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Campaign of FOHRID on WTO and globalization PDF Print E-mail

Nepal is an agricultural country and almost 80 percent people live in the rural area, and 93 percent are dependent on agricultural production for their livelihood. Impact of globalization on agriculture, livelihood of the people and viewing it from human rights perspective is important when liberalization is dominant. In this context, FOHRID translated from English into Nepali "Planting the Rights Seed: A human rights perspective on agriculture trade and the WTO" for dissemination of customized knowledge. No one has raised the issue of agriculture trade and the WTO from the human rights perspective in Nepal. So, this publication was brought out to create public awareness. This has helped the communities, non-government and professional organizations for advocacy and lobbying to promote livelihood and human rights in Nepal. It may help to build up and promote rural sector by creating pressure for the formation of people centered policies and strengthening private sectors at domestic level.


Main objective of FOHRID in the issue of WTO and globalization is to be watchful on the economic and trade agreements at the international or regional, multilateral or bilateral levels and to minimize the negative effects of such agreements on the lives of marginalized and vulnerable communities in Nepal. FOHRID aims to safeguard the benefits of the agro-based economy and the small scale farmers of Nepal from the negative impact of liberalization, globalization, open market and the agreement on agriculture through the transformation of customized knowledge, information and skill. This program has been effective to disseminate knowledge to the local people to minimize the risk of WTO. Networks to campaign in this issue have been established in 35 districts throughout the country under the banner of Community Protection Network (CPN) and National Protection Working Group (NPWG). FOHRID has been conducting study, research on the issue of sustainable livelihood and social and political participation of the vulnerable community and carrying out training programs for their empowerment. It has been involved in the regional projects on this issue with other NGOs having similar objectives.

Though membership to the WTO opens door of opportunities to Nepal, limited foreign agents, multinational companies, profit makers, feudal capitalists and political leaders have grabbed it. There is no visible benefit from the WTO to the small scale farmers who are backbone of Nepalese economy. In fact, small scale farmers, laborers, low paid workers and general public have to bear a heavy burden from this. Hence, the campaign to create awareness among the stakeholders about negative impact of the WTO and its policies regarding agriculture has become integral part of program of FOHRID. Likewise, FOHRID has prioritized exerting pressure to the government from people's level to formulate clear program for marketing of agricultural products in the international level and to implement it for the benefits of the farmers. Under this program, FOHRID conducts advocacy, discussion, interaction, seminar, workshop, publication and dissemination for mobilization and transfer of customized knowledge considering the issue of sustainable livelihood, human rights and basic needs of the people in the developing countries.


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