Engel, P., Lein, B., Seters, J. van, Helden, B. van. 2013. EU policy coherence for food security: Aligning parallel agendas. (ECDPM Discussion Paper 153). Maastricht: ECDPM.
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For the European Union (EU), Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is both a legally enforceable treaty obligation and a political priority. To operationalize PCD, the EU has put in place a Work Programme 2010–2013. An elaborate framework of institutional mechanisms further contributes to the promotion and monitoring of development concerns throughout the EU’s diverse decision-making structures. Nonetheless, living up to PCD commitments has in practice delivered mixed results.
In the area of global food security, EU PCD concerns have arguably been around since the very concept of PCD entered EU policy-discussions. Food security is a major development challenge and to address this, the EU has effectively put global food security high among its development priorities for the years to come. However, while the European Union is the world’s major development actor on food security, some of its other policies are still contested as harmful to global food security and agricultural development.
Purpose of ECPDM study
This paper discusses in how far the European Union’s commitments and institutional mechanisms for Policy Coherence for Development have supported its development objectives in the area of global food security. Derived from the PCD Work Programme 2010-2013, four EU policy areas with a potential impact on food security are discussed: agriculture, fisheries, trade and biofuels.
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