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Official Development Assistance: Europe must do better

October 20, 2014

The European Union is still far from its objective to collectively allocate 0.7 percent of its Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 2015. The case is made once again by the NGO ONE in its DATA 2014 “Fighting poverty and financing Africa’s future.” “In 2013, the EU total contribution––including aid flows from the 28 member states and the ODA loans granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB), which are not charged to member states––rose to $73.8 billion, a 3.3 percent increase over the 2012 figure, but lower than the 2011 spike,” indicates the report. This comes to 0.42 percent of is GNI for official development assistance in 2013. That is a small amount of change if we consider that a $51.9 billion will be required between 2013 and 2015 to meet the collective goal of 0.7 percent. With its development assistance falling more sharply than Greece, France is among the worst performers (with a 3.3 percent decline between 2012 and 2013).

In addition, budget pressures in Europe are providing very few prospects for improvement in 2015, at a time when development and humanitarian assistance credits “are the most affected by [budget] cut proposals.”1

Donor countries are not the only ones concerned. On the receiving end, beneficiaries in the African continent also failed to earmark 10 percent of their expenditures to agriculture, a commitment made at the Maputo Summit in 2003.

Agricultural issues are playing a vital role in development assistance. No country has experienced stable and lasting economic growth without the prior development of its agricultural activities. In fact, farming is the key source of income for over 40 percent of the world population.

However, 70 percent of the poor and undernourished are living in rural areas, and most of them are farmers. Yet, agriculture and food only have a limited position in Official Development Assistance (ODA). In the French ODA budget, the portion allocated for agriculture and food security has been declining since 2007.

Lastly, agriculture is the strategic variable that must be returned to the heart of development issues. To that end, national, regional and global agricultural policies must be maintained and developed by redirecting their main objectives of safeguarding the right to food. Global agricultural trade regulation must also be designed, so that subsistence farming can be protected, as it now competes with more competitive export farming.

1 According to a source quoted by the online media Euractiv.

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