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Friday, 22 June 2012

Mr Cioloş addresses sustainable productivity

During the speech of Dacian Cioloş, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Europe, in the event “Agriculture the way towards sustainability and inclusiveness G20/Rio de Janeiro”, he took the opportunity to address two key questions: “What is the European Union's vision on sustainable agriculture?”  and “How can we make sustainable agriculture a better contributor to food security and fighting poverty?” .
With regards to the first question, Mr Cioloş stated that “in [the] EU['s] view, sustainability is the right balance between economic viability, environmental benefits and social acceptability”, while giving  more expanded answers to the second.  
Speaking on key problems in Africa, such as soil degradation and the incapability of agriculture to address malnourishment, he stated: “I believe that food security and fighting poverty in countries confronted with these problems, depends a lot on their ability to develop a sustainable productivity. Yes, we have to use new technologies but new technologies cannot and will not replace our responsibilities regarding the life of people working in agriculture. New technologies will have to respect the free access of today's and tomorrow's farmers to healthy, renewable natural resources”.
Additionally, the European Commissioner raised awareness of a number of other factors that relate to food security, specifically the wasting of food: “we should not forget food waste. If in Europe most of it comes from post production – either at retail level or consumer level, and we try to address this – in the developing world, it frequently happens before it reaches the processor, in the fields, on the roads, in the ports. The EU is closely working to support its partners in these efforts”, he said.

Source: European Commission/ CTA