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Thursday, 16 August 2018
The EU should make payment of farm subsidies conditional on delivering good soil and water quality and encouraging farmers to diversify their output to include fuel and fibre products. The reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should consider food and environmental security together, argued Thierry de l'Escaille, secretary-general of the European Landowners Organisation. Speaking on Europe's role in world food security, de l'Escaille said CAP subsidies are necessary, but should be used as an incentive for farmers to deliver public goods, such as quality soil, water and air.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
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.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
In his book «Vaincre la faim. Pour en finir avec l'inacceptable...» (Eradicating Hunger, Ending the Unacceptable) former Agriculture minister François Guillaume attacks the outrage of world hunger and presents a plan to mend the North-South divide. As an alternative to the free reign of market forces he advocates market regulation and organisation.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Honourable Ms. Nita Deerpalsing, Member of Parliament of Mauritius and Member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), is our guest this week. At the occasion of the JPA meeting held in Brussels, Ms. Deerpalsing shared with us the role, objectives and the functions of the JPA, a consultative assembly key in the EU-ACP cooperation. For two years, Ms. Deerpalsing is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment. From her point of view, the social impact of economic crisis and social and environmental consequences of climate change are two key issues which the ACP countries face. Mauritius in particular, although a relatively prosperous country with solid institutions, is prone to lose everything in extreme weather brought by climate change. While mitigation strategies and adaptation should be implemented, future development of less developed countries should be also sustainable. The global crisis has indeed a strong social impact in ACP countries, as today one billion people suffer hunger and therefore cannot contribute to the prosperity of their country.
Thursday, 22 October 2009

The 2009 World Food Day on 16 October is marked by an EU stronger than ever in its commitment to improve access to food around the world. With the commitment made at the G8 meeting in Aquila for more than € 2 billion, in addition to the 'EU €1 billion Food Facility', the EU is the world's biggest contributor to global food security.

Environmentalists have clashed with the EU over the legitimacy of the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), claiming it acts as a mouthpiece for the GMO lobby. Speaking as farmers from around the world called on EU policymakers to stop the authorisation of Bayer GM rice, Juan-Felipe Carrasco of Greenpeace Spain told this website that Efsa did not protect consumers from contaminated products. "Efsa keeps saying it's ok to go ahead with genetic engineering (GE)", he said.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
The European Union is providing seed and fertiliser worth 15.4 million euros to small-scale Zimbabwean farmers to boost grain production, an EU diplomat said on Thursday.The EU, which maintains sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle over charges of human rights abuses and electoral fraud, remains one of the country's largest donors, giving more than 510 million euros since 2002. The head of the European Commission in Zimbabwe, Xavier Marchal, told a meeting of agricultural experts and donors assessing the preparations for the farming season that the EU facility was aimed at improving household food security.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Consumers want fresh, safe and good-quality food. But how can producers consistently meet their demands? Researchers in Germany have developed a new system based on metal-oxide sensor technology that could check food quality and safety in a quick yet cost-effective and reliable way.

Tuesday, 06 October 2009

The JPA will be holding its 4th Regional Meeting (West Africa) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 28 to 30 October 2009. The meeting will be chaired jointly by the two JPA Co-Presidents and will bring together 16 JPA parliamentarians from the West African region and 16 MEPs. The main issues to be discussed include the regional integration process, the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement, climate change, political stability and security, and the impact of the global food and financial crisis on the region.

Monday, 05 October 2009
The French food agency AFSSA challenges UK's FSA, concluding in a new study that organic fruit and vegetable have higher nutritional benefits than conventional food. The review, published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development on the basis of data compiled for the French food agency AFSSA, opposes to what stressed in a review of 160 studies commissioned by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) - that there is no evidence of nutritional superiority of organic food - which caused some controversy in the sector.