Wednesday 27th March: While welcoming the European Commission’s ambitions on climate and energy presented today in a Green Paper, the EC has covered up the negative social impacts of Europe’s biofuel policies by severely underestimating the amount of biofuels-related land grab in Africa and the impacts on global food prices in an EC report also out today, claims international anti-poverty agency ActionAid.
(Lusaka, 10 February 2013) A new investigation released today by ActionAid has revealed that the Associated British Foods group (ABF), owner of Silver Spoon sugar and other household brands, is avoiding its tax bill in Zambia, one of the world’s poorest countries.
News that the EU is planning a limit on the use of food-based biofuels has been welcomed by ActionAid. But the anti-poverty agency warns that without a total ban on food and land based fuels, millions will still go hungry because food prices will continue to be affected and land will still be grabbed.
9 EU countries beat aid targets, but Germany and France missed the mark in 2011. Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Malta (the only EU 12 country), Belgium, Finland and Ireland all met their targets. Germany and France however are way off track, both giving less than 0.5% of their GNI to development aid.
Aid budget cuts are becoming a major trend, with €500 million slashed from total EU aid spending in 2011. 11 EU countries cut their aid levels last year, with 9 countries planning further cuts in 2012. Spain and Italy are likely to face the biggest cuts; 53% and 38% respectively. Total EU aid amounted to €53billion in 2011.
14% of EU aid or €7.35 billion didn’t reach developing countries in 2011. Genuine Aid, that represents a real transfer of resources to developing countries, is highest from Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and Ireland.
ActionAid Identifies the Ingredients to a Successful Summit
Rio de Janeiro – The 15th of June, Brazil assumed the role as host of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20), and with it the responsibility to ensure that the negotiations are concluded successfully. Brazil takes leadership at a critical moment, when agreement on issues around food security have all but stalled. With only three days of negotiations left before the heads of state arrive, the question is if Brazil can move countries to agreement on food and agriculture issues that will protect the right to food.
Europe’s demand for biofuels could drive up food crop prices by as much as 36% by 2020, helping to push millions more into hunger, a new report from ActionAid reveals. But despite this and other widespread evidence that biofuels are a major contributor to global hunger, the G20 will yet again avoid the issue when it meets in Mexico next week.
As the European Commission is given an opportunity to revise the EU’s biofuels targets in 2012, a new ActionAid report reveals that the EU continues to ignore that its biofuels policies are driving up global food prices and pushing people in poor countries off their land.
ActionAid welcomes the initiative announced by the European Commission today to increase development aid to promote access to sustainable, renewable energy for the poorest and most excluded people in the world, particularly women.
Motorists across Europe are set to pay an additional €18 billion a year for petrol and diesel as a result of EU biofuel targets that have been shown not to reduce emissions, says new research published today.
The European Union is marginalising anti-poverty objectives within its new foreign policy arm, the External Action Service (EEAS), outlines a new report today by CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs.
Comment from: Neil Watkins, Director of Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid USA, who was also directly involved in the NGO consultations on the report with the Gates Foundation. Member of the G20 endorsed GAFSP (Global Agriculture and Food Security Program)
Massive subsidies in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy are putting local farmers in poor countries out of business, reveals a new report by ActionAid. Milking the poor shows how subsidised EU milk is causing unfair competition to poor farmers in Bangladesh, suppressing investment in the dairy industry and undermining EU investments in food security.
Aid dependency among 54 of the world’s poorest countries has declined by a third over the last decade, according to a new report from ActionAid. The Real Aid 3 report reveals that since 2006 there has been an increase in good quality aid – real aid – from 51 per cent to 55 per cent.