Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy needs to reduce its negative impacts on farming in developing countries. Joint media reaction by CONCORD and European Coordination Via Campesina.

(Brussels, 7/03/2012) Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy needs to reduce its negative impacts on farming in developing countries and be more responsible at international level outlines a joint statement today by CONCORD, the European coalition of Development and Relief NGOs, farming coalition, European Coordination Via Campesina.

The statement comes ahead of European Commission discussions on the international aspects of the CAP in Brussels on March 12 and the reform of its €55billion a year farm policy.

“With more than 1 billion people living in hunger on the planet, improving the potential of developing countries to feed themselves is crucial to lift people out of poverty,” Olivier Consolo.

“With more than 1 billion people living in hunger on the planet, improving the potential of developing countries to feed themselves is crucial to lift people out of poverty and feed a growing population. But for decades Europe and other richer economies have exported agriculture products at prices below their production costs, at the expense of farming communities in developing countries. This has to stop in the new CAP reform,” says Olivier Consolo from CONCORD.

The EU should also use its agricultural reforms to reduce its high dependency on imports from developing countries that supply protein crops for European animal feed.

“Currently, the EU outsources 80% of its livestock feed production to developing countries, especially Brazil. Instead, European farmers could grow protein crops such as legumes at home, which are good for soil biodiversity and reduce the massive carbon footprint that imports from the other side of the world require. The CAP reform should put in place mandatory crop rotation measures and incentivize farmers in Europe to grow more protein crops,” says Geneviève Savigny from European Coordination via Campesina

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