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The Epa And The Food And Fuel Crises

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This chapter explores the link between the EU-inspired economic partnership agreements (EPAs) and the food, and fuel crises now impacting the ACP countries. It takes the position that neoliberal policy prescriptions are the main link between them. Neoliberal policies, the very measures that are the foundation for the EPA, are the main causes of the food and fuel crises. It examines this issue in the light of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA, focusing first on the problems in the Caribbeans agricultural sector that bolster the food crisis and food insecurity in the region. It analyzes neoliberal views to downplay Caribbean agriculture, the food crisis, food security, and policies to combat these issues in the region. The second part of the chapter focuses on the fuel crisis in the Caribbean region and the possible role of Petrocaribe as a solution to the problem.

Keywords: Caribbean agriculture; EU-inspired economic partnership agreements (EPAs); food crises; fuel crises; Petrocaribe



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