Relations with Developing Countries
The EU plays a key role in development of international agriculture policy and food security, as well as being the leading trade partner in agricultural products exported from developing countries.
There is a clear understanding that food and agriculture should be placed higher on the international political agenda, as frequently expressed by the international community.
As a priority for the EU, we are working actively in several international fora (such as the FAO, G8, G20, UN process) on a post 2015 development agenda and the Joint Africa-EU Strategic Partnership.
We also work on ensuring Policy Coherence for Development in the CAP.
A key objective is to stimulate trade and growth, as well as contribute to food security, in developing countries. Under the "Everything but Arms" arrangement, the EU grants duty- and quota-free market to all exports from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), except armaments.
Since 2008, the EU has been working to conclude Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. For more information, you can visit the following pages: