End Poverty 2015 - CAP http://www.endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/533/0 en Give Development a Chance: Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Needs Urgent Reform http://www.endpoverty2015.org/en/mdgs/resource/give-development-chance <p>Urgent reform is needed. EU farm policies should help &#8211; not hinder &#8211; the achievement of important objectives such as reaching the Millennium Development Goals, ensuring environmental sustainability and improving social equity. As EU member countries enter into negotiations over the next EU budget, they should review the current subsidy levels that have led to ballooning deficits and spending. Now is the time to fundamentally reform the Common Agricultural Policy (<span class="caps">CAP</span>) which has resulted in waste and inequality at home and crippled developing countries abroad.</p> MDGs Poverty and hunger Europe Global Partnership English CAP ODA Mon, 03 May 2010 15:31:16 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 805 at http://www.endpoverty2015.org UN Millennium Campaign Calls for Urgent Reform of EU Agricultural Policy http://www.endpoverty2015.org/en/europe/news/un-millennium-campaign-calls-urgent-reform-eu-agricultural-policy/30/apr/10 <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">BRUSSELS – At a conference on the impact of the European Union’s (EU) Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) on development, the <a href="redir.aspx?C=7dc69a0fa8974741923be3141ef6fd6f&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.endpoverty2015.org%2f" target="_blank"> United Nations Millennium Campaign</a> today called on the EU to urgently reform its agriculture policy, which harms the poor and thwarts global efforts to achieve the <a href="redir.aspx?C=7dc69a0fa8974741923be3141ef6fd6f&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.endpoverty2015.org%2fgoals" target="_blank"> Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)</a>.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">“An unreformed European agriculture policy will continue to hamper the EU’s and other donors’ efforts to eradicate poverty and will perpetuate human suffering,” said <a href="redir.aspx?C=7dc69a0fa8974741923be3141ef6fd6f&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.endpoverty2015.org%2fen%2fabout%2fpeople%2feveline-herfkens" target="_blank"> Eveline Herfkens</a>, Founder of the UN Millennium Campaign. “It is now time for the EU to deliver on its development promises, reiterated in last week’s <a href="redir.aspx?C=7dc69a0fa8974741923be3141ef6fd6f&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fec.europa.eu%2fdevelopment%2fservices%2fdev-policy-proposals_en.cfm" target="_blank"> MDG Action Plan</a>, and ensure that agricultural policies and subsidies benefit European rural development and the environment in such a way that does not hurt developing countries.<span style="color: black;">”</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">The highly commendable role the EU plays as the world’s largest donor of development aid is being undermined by the effects of its own agricultural policy, which has become a burden for world food security and prevents poor countries from lifting themselves out of poverty.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">“The biggest challenge the EU’s development aspirations are facing is the lack of policy coherence.” said <a href="redir.aspx?C=7dc69a0fa8974741923be3141ef6fd6f&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.oecd.org%2fdocument%2f15%2f0%2c3343%2cen_2649_33721_2789711_1_1_1_1%2c00.html" target="_blank"> Eckhard Deutscher</a>, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). “The trade, development, agriculture and environmental policies are simply out of sync with regard to developing countries.”</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;">“Subsidies have led to agricultural overproduction, lowering world prices and prompting EU farmers to dump their products abroad,” said Teresa Cavero, Head of Research for Intermon Oxfam. “Even the last CAP reform in 2003 did not change that; in developing countries, cheap agricultural imports continue to reduce [the] competitiveness of local farmers, destroy productive capacities, deter agricultural investments and endanger the livelihoods of poor smallholding farmers.”</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;">Consecutive reforms </span>to make the CAP <span style="color: black;">less harmful for developing countries</span> have been insufficient.<span style="color: black;"> Subsidized agricultural products are still obstructing fair competition and poor countries’ access to the European market remains limited. The EU has kept certain tariffs and administrative hurdles prohibitively high, creating further obstacles for poor countries’ farmers.</span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify;">“The CAP reform will be a reality check for the European Commission’s MDG Action Plan”, said <a href="redir.aspx?C=7dc69a0fa8974741923be3141ef6fd6f&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.gabi-zimmer.de%2findex.php%3fid%3d5" target="_blank"> Gabriele Zimmer</a>, Member of the European Parliament. “<span style="color: black;">As we will soon enter into the negotiations over the next EU budget, we need to fundamentally reform a subsidies regime that stands for waste at home and damage abroad,” the member of the development committee added.</span></p> <p><a href="http://endpoverty2015.org/en/mdgs/resource/give-development-chance" target="_blank">Download the brochure "Give Development a Chance: Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) needs urgent reform"</a></p> Europe English CAP Official Development Assistance (ODA) Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:57:35 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 803 at http://www.endpoverty2015.org