Time running out to development-proof EU's common agricultural policy: UN food expert

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Fran Alia, 74, hitched an early morning ride to Puka, Albania, from her village of Dedaj to sell these apples at the market there.

European Union legislators are being urged to change the course of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform before development concerns are excluded.

The call comes the UN expert on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, ahead of a key European Parliament vote next week.

He says "Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy means high stakes not only for European farmers, but for millions of others worldwide who are affected by EU policies," adding that "Development concerns should be made an essential part of the Common Agricultural Policy reform…"

De Schutter says legislators "must not squander the opportunity they now have to bring the proposals into line with the requirements of the human right to food and the EU's development promises..".

In June 2012, members of the European Parliament in the Development Committee voted unanimously in favour of monitoring and taking into account the development impacts on the Common Agricultural Policy. However, their views were not included in the compromise amendments drawn up in the Agriculture Committee in December, and will now be voted on as individual amendments in the 23-24 January vote.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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