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Some of the saddest and most disturbing reasons for Africa’s continued poverty are the EU’s policies.
My mother was from Sierra Leone so I hope you will forgive me being passionate about Africa. I’m disgusted that both the Common Agricultural Policy and EU trade tariffs keep African farmers poor and use your money to do it.
Continental European farmers are subsidised to produce more food than we can eat, distorting the global food market. African farmers cannot compete and are forced into subsistence farming, where one bad season brings economic ruin and a couple of bad seasons means starvation.
Tariffs mean that in 2014 the whole of Africa made just under $2.4 billion from coffee exports, while Germany made $3.8 billion. Germany made more money from coffee without growing a single bean than a whole continent which grows vast amounts.
Germany’s coffee producers need cheap, raw beans to make money, so there is no import tariff on green, unprocessed coffee. That’s why the vast bulk of African coffee exports are unprocessed. But thereare import tariffs on processed coffee because it is in the processing, branding, packaging and marketing that Germany makes its money. These tariffs protect it from African competition. It’s the same story with cocoa.
But why should we care? Perhaps you feel that Africa’s problems are for Africans to deal with and are not our concern. Well I can’t agree. If I can’t appeal to your heart, let me appeal to your wallets:
The £350 million we send to the EU every week is helping it to keep some of the poorest people in the world in poverty. The EU is using YOUR money to do it.
But what about our farmers? They receive EU subsidies too, don’t they? Well, just enough to keep our farming industry addicted to EU membership. But think about what happens to the rest of our money, It goes, in large part, to those heavily subsidised farms on the continent. Our farmers are being taxed to subsidise their competitors to keep African farmers in poverty. It’s indefensible.
The EU won’t change because it doesn’t see the need to. But Britain isn’t like that. Not the Britain I know. Not the Britain I love. That is why I will vote to leave the EU and that is why I urge you to do the same.
We need to tell as many people as possible that a vote to Leave is also a vote to help some of the world’s poorest people. The EU-funded IN campaign is outspending us in this referendum. If you care about helping the farmers of Africa, make a donation today so we can win this referendum.
Thank you for your support,
James Cleverly MP
PS: Please also forward this email to your friends and family. We need as many people as possible to receive our emails. Thank you.
We send £350 million to the EU every week. After we Vote Leave we can spend this money on our priorities.