EU Urged to Review Common Agricultural Policy

The European Union should ensure its policies supporting local exporters and businessmen do not adversely affect the agricultural sectors and food security of developing countries. This was a call made by an international aid group in a recent report where it claims the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, or CAP, is putting farmers in the developing world out of business.

International non-governmental organization ActionAid said in its report that subsidies given by the bloc to local dairy farmers and the EU’s lack of export limits have allowed these farmers to increase their production and market their products in developing countries at low prices. This, in turn, is adversely harming farmers in developing countries who can’t compete with the low-priced imported milk, ActionAid said.

The aid group added that this “unfair competition” threatens to undermine the EU’s investments in global food security.

“The CAP needs serious reform so that it doesn’t push poor farmers further into poverty,” Trine Pertou Mach of ActionAid Denmark said, according to The Parliament. “EU member states must make sure that their subsidised exports don’t provide unfair competition to local production in poor countries.”

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