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First progress report July 2014 - March 2016: food and nutrition security / sustainable agriculture. Recent years have seen an unprecedented increase in momentum aimed at reducing the number of children affected by undernutrition.

Citizens's view on development, cooperation and aid

The “Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019” is based on continuous and ad hoc evaluation of the 2010-2015 strategy, which has concluded inter alia that it has added value in a number of areas, especially in relation to agenda-setting and learning, by providing a valuable framework for gender mainstreaming in the Commission and for the implementation of a coherent framework for gender-equality policies in the Member States.

The EU has 500 million consumers and they all need a reliable supply of healthy and nutritious food at an affordable price. The economic environment is set to remain uncertain and unpredictable.

We have come a long way in Europe with how we ensure equality between women and men. Nevertheless, we must be vigilant as we see that many gain in this field are being put to the test.

This brochure looks at the Central Asia Invest programme, set up in 2007 to stimulate and support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and presents its achievements to date.

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures or standards are increasingly employed in the context of international development cooperation. They are important for international trade, and play a crucial role in trade between developing countries.

EIB microfinance facilities and accompanying technical assistance have brought EUR 300m to more than 1.5 million beneficiaries through about 30 intermediaries.

The world is becoming less peaceful: global incidents of conflict, terrorism and violent crime are all rising, some quite significantly.

European Union aid to catalyse investments