Globalising Hunger

Food Security and the EU's Common Agricultural Policy

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TNI, FDCL, Ecologistas en Acción, Védégylet

Author: Thomas Fritz

November 2011

ISBN 978-3-923020-55-3

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After several rounds of reforms, the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is once again facing a comprehensive overhaul. By 2013, the current CAP will come to an end, yet the debate over its future has already begun. The discussion over the €57 billion spent on the CAP today – amounting to more than 40 percent of the EU’s budget – takes place against the backdrop of a dramatic worsening of the global food crisis, associated with rising and more volatile food prices. For 2010, the number of hungry was estimated at 925 million people, up from 833 million in 2000-2002. Although the Common Agricultural Policy strongly influences the state of poverty and food insecurity in the world, its external dimension is barely taken into account in the current debate.