Dumping on the World

How EU sugar policies hurt poor countries

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Publié le : 4 Avril 2004

European Union (EU) sugar policies hamper global efforts to reduce poverty. Export subsidies are used to dump 5 million tonnes of surplus sugar annually on world markets, destroying opportunities for exporters in developing countries. Meanwhile, producers in Africa have limited access to EU markets. The winners from the CAP sugar regime are big farmers and corporate sugar refiners such as Sudzucker and British Sugar. The losers are the poor. European consumers and taxpayers are financing a system which denies vulnerable people a chance to escape poverty and improve their lives. Reforms are needed to stop European dumping and improve market access for the poorest countries.

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