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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

EU-ACP: ending sugar quota is ‘policy incoherence’

The Fairtrade Foundation has accused the UK in particular, and the EU in general of “policy incoherence.” In the run up to the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its opinion the UK and the EU supports “damaging changes to trade rules on sugar” that will undermine those efforts. The Fairtrade Foundation makes reference to a recent Department for International Development (DfID) study found that removing the cap on EU beet sugar – a measure set to be introduced in October 2017 – is likely to push 200,000 sugar producers in ACP countries into poverty by 2020. The end of EU quotas on sugar production would not only bring an end to a historic relationship between the sugar cane farmers and their families in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries but also possibly jeopardize their livelihoods according to the report. Mozambique and Swaziland are forecast to lose more than $40m from the EU reform, which will reduce the revenue earned from sugar exports by 5 to 7%, according to research published by the charity last week. More than 40% of Swaziland’s sugar was exported to Europe last year.

Source: independent.co.uk