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The final blow to European food aid took place in Brussels on February 8

February 25, 2013


At a February 8 Summit meeting, the European Union leaders voted to lower European food aid for the years 2014 to 2020. The austerity policy that imposes an 11.2 percent cutback in the 2007-2013 European agricultural budget, also leads to a 40 percent budget cut to the European Food Distribution Program for the Most Deprived People (MDP), in comparison to the 2007-2013 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). In January 2014, the MDP will be replaced by the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD), which will be managed by European social policies, while the MDP was handled in the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

As a result, €300 million will be earmarked yearly to the FEAD between 2014 and 2020, an amount that falls way below the annual €500 million granted to member states between 2007 and 2013.

The pattern observed in the European Union contradicts that recorded in other world major economic and agricultural powers, similarly to the United States. In fact, the U.S. continues to provide greater resources to its domestic food aid programs (a 79 percent increase between 2005 and 2010), which are beneficial not only to the most deprived people in a context of proven economic crisis, but also to American agricultural operations since 95 percent of goods consumed are produced in the country.

The amounts earmarked to food aid speak for themselves if we consider such a striking gap––$94 billion (or €70.5 billion) annually in the United States, against €500 million annually in the European Union. Thus in 2010, €222 per person were allocated to agriculture in the U.S., while the EU’s contribution amounted to a single euro.

Such declining allocations for food aid for the most deprived Europeans are causing a great deal of concern to charitable organizations. Supporting food aid not only ensures the food security of European citizens, but also safeguards the effectiveness and vitality of European agriculture.

Hence, in an environment of economic crisis worsened by agricultural and food price hyper-volatility, how can Brussels expect to curb poverty by 20 percent by 2020, when it harms a program that upholds the subsistence of 115 million people?
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