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Case: dumping of goods in Africa

In 1962, the EU passed a common agricultural policy which involved a common EU control over the manufacturing of food, with the effect that all farmers were paid the same for their products.

The unintended side effects of this were overproduction and large surplus stocks. These EU surplus stocks were dumped in Africa and caused a huge price drop, which meant that local production no longer paid off. Because of this, many of the well-functioning productions in Africa were ruined, and the country became dependent on subsidies. 

This underlines why we do not help poor countries by sending them large amounts of food. We have to help them help themselves by giving them the possibility to cultivate the food they need locally.

This is what Agricultural Development Denmark Asia (ADDA) does with great success in both Asia and Africa.

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