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What Germany is doing

Reducing agricultural subsidies, abolishing export subsidies


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When products are made artificially cheap through sub­sidies and then ex­port­ed to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, local pro­ducts there are un­able to com­pete with the cheap imported goods. Local markets are destroyed and jobs are lost. Poverty deepens.

In 2011 alone the governments of the OECD coun­tries sub­si­dised their agri­cul­ture to the tune of about 250 billion US dollars. By con­trast, the public money spent by members of the OECD De­vel­op­ment Assistance Committee (DAC) on de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion (ODA) in 2009 amounted to 130 billion US dollars.

Germany is committed to reducing market-distorting agri­cul­tural sub­si­dies and abolishing ex­port sub­si­dies. These aims are included in the government's coalition agreement.

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