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Saturday, 19 August 2017

The ACP and LDC cane sugar suppliers express their profound concern and dismay at the Commission’s proposals in respect of the elimination of sugar quotas in the context of the CAP reform announced on 12 October 2011.

Friday, 21 October 2011

In a background note, the European Commission gives information about the new EU development policy. Commissioner Andris Piebalgs had presented the policy to the media last week. NGOs have commented the proposal critically.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

In 2012, European Year of Water, France will be hosting the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille (from 12 to 17 March 2012). The Forum is the most important international event devoted to water and sanitation. It is held jointly by a host country and host city and by the World Water Council. The last one, in Istanbul in March 2009, was attended by 30 000 people representing governments, parliaments, international organisations, public bodies responsible for water management, companies, regional or local authorities, non-governmental organisations and scientists from around the world.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP) are celebrating World Food Day 2011 on 17 October with a series of speeches by visiting guests and performances by celebrity goodwill ambassadors. FAO will also name British film star Jeremy Irons as its newest celebrity goodwill ambassador. The theme for World Food Day 2011 is Food prices - from crisis to stability.

Monday, 17 October 2011

European Council
-17/18 October: European Council Meeting
Council of Ministers
-20/21 October: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
ACP Group

-17-20 October: Meeting of ACP Chief RECs and EPAs Chief Negotiators
-20/21 October: ACP/EU/CTO ICT Roundtable
Polish EU Presidency

-19/20 October: European Congress on Rural Development

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Ska Keller is a Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Greens from Germany. In this video, she explains how food security can be attained without the use of GMOs and speaks about development aid that never leaves developed countries.

ActionAid’s new report, Milking the Poor, shows that subsidised EU milk is causing unfair competition to poor farmers in Bangladesh, suppressing investment in the dairy industry and undermining the EU’s investments in food security. [...] In 2010 alone, the EU exported 378,000 tonnes of skimmed milk powder to developing countries – mainly in Africa and the Middle East. A further 11% increase is projected for 2011.

The EU will re-prioritise its delivery of aid to developing countries to ensure maximum impact on poverty reduction. EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, this week presented the 'Agenda for Change' of EU Development policy and a new policy for EU budget support. These communications set out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including through a more targeted allocation of funding.

Friday, 14 October 2011

“The CAP is a 50 billion euro contradiction of the EU’s commitment to help put developing world agriculture back on its feet, and will remain so under today’s reform plans. Farm subsidies of this magnitude will always produce distortions,” warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, in response to the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform proposals from the European Commission. “The main victims are developing world farmers, who are crowded out of their own markets by subsidized western produce. The EU has opened its doors to developing world exports, but this is worth nothing if small-holders in the South cannot sell staple crops on their home markets,” Mr. De Schutter underlined.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

The European Commission's eagerly awaited proposals for an overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2013 have been criticised as a mixture between good and bad ideas that ultimately fail the key test of sustainability and competitiveness by the Liberal and Democrat Group (ALDE).