CONCORD Europe calling for a CAP that respects Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development
As the European Confederation of Development NGOs, CONCORD Europe replied to the public consultation recently launched by the European Commission on the modernisation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
It is no secret that the CAP strongly impacts not only on the EU but also on developing countries in other parts of the world. CONCORD saw this consultation as a good opportunity to promote its recommendations for a modernised CAP that truly mitigates negative impacts on developing countries. Indeed, although CONCORD Europe had already issued recommendations to make the CAP compliant with development objectives back in 2013 [see CONCORD’s 2013 Spotlight Report], many of these recommendations remain valid today.
CONCORD’s reply to the consultation focuses on issues related to Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) including regarding direct payments, export refunds, meat consumption and feed imports. CONCORD calls for the new CAP to mitigate negative impacts on people’s right to food and to a decent livelihood, especially for smallholder farmers in developing countries.
The CAP should ensure trade rules that encourage rather than hamper the development of climate-resilient agriculture based on agro-ecological practices. The reform of the CAP should be an opportunity to build a new European food system in line with all four dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social, environmental and based on participatory and democratic governance.
CONCORD also calls for a regular monitoring of the CAP’s impact on small-scale farming, the use of land and the environment both in Europe and in developing countries.
Have a look at CONCORD Europe’s full set of recommendations.