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Missing Out on Small is Beautiful: The EU's failure to deliver on policy commitments to support smallholder agriculture in developing countries

June 30, 2017

With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union's key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to long-term solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments.An Oxfam analysis of more than 7,500 EU-funded projects reveals a significant lack of transparency in reporting, casting doubt on the accountability of the EU's aid. Based on the reported data, only a small portion of the EU's agricultural development aid complies with the aim of targeting small-scale producers and women. Funding is also biased towards industrial and export crops and countries of strategic interest, at the expense of smallholders and countries most in need.

Burning Land, Burning the Climate: The biofuel industry's capture of EU bioenergy policy

October 24, 2016

There is overwhelming evidence of the harm caused by the European Union's current bioenergy policy to people in developing countries, to the climate and to Europe's own sustainable development. The policy is on a collision course with the Paris climate agreement and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.This briefing follows the trail of destruction left by the policy on three continents. It assesses the extraordinary lobbying 'firepower' and powerful network of influence at the disposal of the European biofuel industry and its allies, which is blocking reform. In the past year alone, actors in the biofuel value chain - from feedstock growers to biofuel producers - spent over €14m and hired nearly 400 lobbyists. Biofuel producers spend as much on EU influencing as the tobacco lobby. EU decision makers must free themselves from the stranglehold of powerful corporate groups - and choose genuinely sustainable and renewable energy to meet their 2030 climate and energy goals.