Despite massive resistance from civil society and social movements in El Salvador and the United States, the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) went into effect in El Salvador on March 1, 2006.  El Salvador was the first country to pass CAFTA in an infamous, middle-of-the-night session, while US Congress passed CAFTA by a mere two votes. SHARE continues  to monitor CAFTA and its affect on rural farmers as they struggle to compete with U.S. prices and battle major corporations, like the mining industry, that have entered the country under CAFTA’s protections.

Read more about CAFTA:

CAFTA Educational Packet

SHARE and the Stop CAFTA Movement

Who Will Benefit from CAFTA?
by Cesar Villalona

CAFTA by Numbers
Public Citizens Global Trade Watch

Faith, Economic Justice and Free Trade
Mennonite Central Committee

Trade And The Rural Sector
Washington Office on Latin America

Plan Puebla Panama brief
by SHARE staff

Plan Puebla Panama Advocacy Handbook–2006
by SHARE staff