Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Trade Trap

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Ghanaian farmers struggle to get a foothold in the international market.

Life 3 - The Trade Trap

Augustine Adongo is the chief executive of the Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters. His job is to help Ghana's manufacturers, particularly the 70% of the population involved in agriculture, gain a bigger share of the international trade market. But 'non-tariff' barriers conceived and imposed by the European Union have made that task a difficult one.

The globalization lobby insists that trade is now the best way for impoverished countries to work their way out of poverty: they must open their markets to imported goods, deregulate, ensure openness to foreign entities and practice good 'governance'. Anti-globalization advocates oppose this viewpoint, arguing that trade is simply not working for the poorest of the poor. They say that the rules of trade are rigged in favor of the developed world by subsidies, regulations and penalties intended to marginalize exports from countries like Ghana.

THE TRADE TRAP follows Adongo as he visits farmers and business owners across his country, exploring both sides of the globalization issue along the way.

With the support of the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; and the Directorate General for the Environment.

'Free trade, or economic freefall? An exasperating account of Ghana's desperate struggle to survive in the face of international 'fair trade' regulations that its fat cat trading partners slant to their overwhelming advantage.' Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University-Pueblo

'A simply outstanding documentary. The film successfully makes the leaps between the impacts of globalization on the worker to the rationale of the policy makers, by interviewing a good representation of both groups...an excellent film with sensible movement from identification and examination of the problems to problem-solving approaches...The Trade Trap receives the highest recommendation for anyone aged high school and over. This documentary gives an extremely well focused analysis of Ghana's response to the demands of the global economy.' Educational Media Reviews Online


Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Bradshaw, Steve (screenwriter)
Bradshaw, Steve (film director)
Collonge, Cécile (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Adongo, Augustine (on-screen participant)
Ocran, Thomas (on-screen participant)
Mensah, Tony (on-screen participant)
Wolfensohn, James D. (on-screen participant)
Krugman, Paul R. (on-screen participant)
Lamy, P (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Cécile Collonge; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Steve Bradshaw

Television Trust for the Environment
Steve Bradshaw
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Post-production Producer:
Ron Orders

Docuseek2 subjects

Agriculture and Food
Economic Anthropology
Business Ethics
International Law
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Business Practices
Developing World
Fair Trade
International Studies
International Trade


Ghana, farmers, Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters, agriculture, tariffs, European Union, deregulation, anti-globalization, Africa; "The Trade Trap"; Bullfrog Films

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