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To boost its development cooperation and to fill funding gaps, the European Union is increasingly resorting to “blending”. While using tax payer-funded aid to encourage the engagement of private companies and investors in development can be helpful in certain cases, new Oxfam research has confirmed that private money is not a magical tool to end poverty. The EU should therefore ensure its private-sector initiatives don’t come at the detriment of continued public investment that has proven to achieve concrete, positive results, writes Hanna Saarinen, Oxfam’s EU policy advisor on investment in agriculture.

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Smallholder farming is a serious business. It’s time the EU recognised that. By Hanna Saarinen, Oxfam Policy Advisor on Investment in Agriculture More than 30 million people face hunger, with famine only recently pushed back from parts of South Sudan, and still looming in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Hundreds of millions more people around the… » read more

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The European Commission’s proposal for a new European Consensus on Development emphasises the need for the EU and its member states to mobilise private resources for agricultural development. But the EU should re-think the kind of agriculture it wants to support if it intends to eradicate poverty.

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