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Council Conclusions on Food security and policy coherence

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Council Conclusions on Food security and policy coherence

At the 2966th Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 19 and 20 October, the European Community and its Member States recognize that while agricultural commodity prices have decreased globally since their peak in mid-2008, they remain relatively high, especially in many developing countries, compared to the situation before 2005. The food crisis has had devastating effects on the poor and vulnerable, many of whom have been unable to secure access to adequate amounts of food. The EU will strive for a pro-active role of the development partners. Progress in sustainable development requires integrated national policies that are conducive to agriculture and rural development. Increased resources for agricultural development will in themselves not be sufficient to resolve the food security situation in many parts of the world. What is needed is a truly coherent and integrated approach where the development, humanitarian and food security consequences of policy decisions, in all policy areas, are duly taken into account. In such an approach, partners from the public and private sector and civil society should work together. The Council recognizes that such an ambition requires action on the part of the EU, especially in the following areas: the Common Agricultural Policy, the Doha-Round of WTO negotiations, climate change. The Council stresses the urgent need for decisive and coordinated action to ensure that developing countries are adequately assisted in their efforts to strengthen adaptation and mitigation capacities.

Source: European Council