Zero Hunger

2020 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Free Trade and Its Implications for Hunger

  • Maria José Palma Lampreia Dos-SantosEmail author
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Free trade comprises numerous forms of elimination of trade barriers among different regions of the world. Usually, the intent is to eliminate trade barriers through construction of trade agreements that usually involve various types of international economic integration agreements – namely, free trade agreements, customs unions, common markets, economic unions, etc.

The elimination of trade barriers among countries and regions, mainly in countries in development, promotes economic development by bringing new countries with competitive advantages to international commerce. As a consequence, the international supply of food generally increases; at the beginning the prices decrease and allow an increase in the demand for food, which means construction (ceteris paribus) of a new market equilibrium higher than the initial one, which will contribute to food security and reduction of hunger around the world. This is also one of the Sustainable Development Goals that the United...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Estudos sobre a Mudança Socioeconómica e o Território (DINÂMIA-CET), Escola Superior de Comunicação SocialInstituto Politécnico de LisboaLisbonPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural ManagementRasht Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityRashtIran