Oxfam and WWF stage protest for a fairer deal for developing world sugar

Published: 23 November 2005

Brussels, Belgium – Oxfam International and WWF, the global conservation organization, staged a protest this morning outside the European Council building in Brussels to highlight the unjust treatment of sugar farmers in the developing world.

Brussels, Belgium – Oxfam International and WWF, the global conservation organization, staged a protest this morning outside the European Council building in Brussels to highlight the unjust treatment of sugar farmers in the developing world.


The agencies erected a large set of scales, which were weighted in favour of EU sugar and against sugar from poor countries. A 2.5m tall Lady Justice, blindfolded with the EU flag, cavorted outside, while Ministers from 6 developing countries including Guyana, Mauritius and Jamaica discussed the reforms with their European counterparts inside the Council building.

Luis Morago, Head of Oxfam's Brussels office said: "Today's protest was designed to show just how unfairly the EU is treating the developing world's sugar producers. The EU reform plans are skewed massively in favour of large-scale European producers and big processing companies. They will destroy sugar industries in poor countries, on which millions rely for employment. Europe says it is in favor of using trade as a tool for poverty reduction but their unbalanced sugar reform proposals demonstrate just the opposite. Some of the very poorest countries in the world stand to benefit from trade in sugar but the EU is about to undermine this potential with its blunt and selfish reform package."

Adam Harrison, WWF Food and Agriculture Policy Officer, said: "The world's poorest countries should be free from the unfair competition that undermines their industry and prevents them from raising environmental standards that can address problems like the loss of wildlife, pollution and the overuse of water."

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Contact Information

For further information, please contact:
Oxfam: Louis Bélanger, Oxfam Press Officer, Tel +32 4 73 562 260, E-mail louis.belanger@oxfaminternational.org
WWF: Catherine Brett, Agriculture and Rural Development Communications Officer, WWF European Policy Office, Tel +32 2 740 0936, E-mail cbrett@wwfepo.org