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Vol 44 No 15

Published 25th July 2003

A can of subsidised worms

Europe is offering reforms to its restrictive farm policies, but Africans fear footing the bill

Reforms to the European Union's controversial Common Agricultural Policy adopted in Luxembourg on 26 June have met a mixed reception in Africa. While subsidising European farmers is unpopular, and North Africans who must compete with southern European producers complain they are frozen out of lucrative EU markets, dismantling the price support regime is bad news in many areas for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) producers who enjoy preferential treatment from the EU.

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