This policy briefing is based on Working Paper No. 18.
It has been argued that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), has a negative effect on developing country farming livelihoods, by stimulating agricultural overproduction. Additionally, the strict sanitary standards imposed under the CAP are difficult for these farmers to meet, imposing a barrier to trade with the EU. The acceptance of new members into the EU and the creation of an EU constitution provide opportunities to reform the CAP.
This document summarises the process of EU policy formulation, the parties for and against CAP reform and recommendations for pro-poor CAP reform.
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.