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CAP and development

CAP and development

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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.

At the "Green Week" in January 2015, Commissioner Hogan launched a publication that showcases how the CAP works hand in hand with EU development aims. The document explains how the EU's agricultural policy meets the EU's commitment to policy coherence for development, reflecting the importance of agriculture to development throughout this development-focused year. 2015, the European Year for Development, will see the culmination of the international community's work on new Sustainable Development Goals and EXPO Milano.

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 result in 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 2013 CAP reform, are 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 is under preparation and will be published in the second-half of 2015.

>> Read the previous reports: 2013 - 2011 - 2009 - 2007

>> Read the European Parliament report on the EU 2013 report