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Monday, 25 June 2018

Dominique Ristori is the general director of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In our interview, he speaks about the food security conference organised by the JRC and about the value of research and science in food security.

The European Parliament this week passed a report by German MEP Gabriele Zimmer on global food security in which it gave strong backing to the implementation of the right to food in the EU and in the world. The Parliament thus calls for “urgent steps to […] make the right to adequate and nutritious food a reality”. In this context, it urges the Commission and member states to “take concrete action to effectively tackle financial speculation on grain and food”, and in particular to restore global food stocks.

Under the impact of widespread famine in the Horn of Africa and fluctuating food commodity prices, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission invited 300 researchers and European officials to a conference called “Scientific support for food security and global governance”. With about 9 billion people sharing the earth in 2050, speakers estimated that the world has to double its food production while minimising environmental degradation.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Six member States refuse to allow funds from the Common Agricultural Policy to be used as food aid to the poor. On 1 January 2012, the budget for assistance to 18 million Europeans may drop from 480 to 113.5 million euros.

Kenya's Prime Minister was the first world leader to sign a ground-breaking Charter that would make deadly food crises like the one gripping East Africa a thing of the past. The document, A Charter to End Extreme Hunger, was launched on Saturday as heads of state and other delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New York focused on the East Africa crisis.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Rio+20 must rise to the challenge of paving the way for a new economic order, where sustainability and not just GDP is a key concept, argued the European Economic and Social Committee during a debate with Janez Potočnik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, and Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Head of the Mission of Brazil to the EU. The Commissioner made it clear that the Rio+20 could not succeed without the constructive input of civil society.

London and Warsaw have put themselves firmly on a collision course with France over the upcoming reform of the EU's farm policy, calling for a "modernisation of European agriculture" which they claim currently "protects outdated practices of the past." The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which currently absorbs about 40% of the EU's €130 billion annual budget, should be radically overhauled to focus on competitiveness and protecting the environment, the two countries said in a statement.

Monday, 26 September 2011

European Parliament
-26-29 September: European Parliament Plenary Session (Strasbourg)
-26-29 September: Committees in the European Parliament (Strasbourg)
Council of Ministers
-26 September: Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
-28 September: Coreper I, Coreper II
European Commission
-27 September: Weekly meeting of the college (Strasbourg)

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The ACP Sugar Group has recently been made aware through media reports of an “impact study” made by and for the European Commission.  This study refers to proposals for changes in the European sugar regime. Though Commission consultations appear to be on-going, the press presents these proposals as those the Commission favours. It is hoped that this is not accurate as some of the key assumptions and results are more than questionable.

A new study assessing the availability and stability of food supplies in 196 countries has rated the food security of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the lowest in the world, while countries in the drought stricken Horn of Africa are also at “extreme risk”.