CAP and development
This page provides further information on the EU's work to ensure that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is consistent with development objectives.
The main challenges for developing countries are to address food security and poverty reduction. By 2050, global food production will need to produce enough food for 9.3 billion people – an extra 2 billion from 2011 levels. According to OECD/FAO reports , this will require an estimated 60% increase in global food production over the next 40 years.
The instruments of the CAP, while aimed at developing the EU farm sector, are also designed to minimise the impact on markets and producers in non-EU countries. CAP measures, including the CAP post-2013 reform proposals, are continually evaluated for their policy impact.
Every two years the EU produces a report on progress vis-à-vis its commitment towards Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), a requirement enshrined under the Lisbon treaty.
The next report will be published in 2013.