The Trade Trap

Poverty and Global Commodity Markets

Posted: 10 July 2002

Author: Belinda Coote
Oxfam Publishing, 1996 second edition, £10.50

This book explains the complexities and difficulties of the international trade system and examines what poor countries can do about the trap in which they find themselves.

This revised edition includes a major new chapter which critises the role of the World Trade Organisation, and argues that international trade agreements must incorporate minimum standards in order to defend poor people's basic social and environmental rights against the impact of unregulated trade.