Between 2010-17 there was a dramatic increase in the amount of EU agricultural land dedicated to organic farming whilst imports also fulfil an important role, notes the market briefs on organic farming in the EU and on organic imports.
Rural areas make up 44% to 80% of every EU country. These diverse territories play home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, wonderful wildlife and natural environments. They provide food and resources that contribute to jobs, growth and prosperity, and help to maintain cultural heritage. Rural areas are truly at the heart of Europe.
The first meeting of the High-level group on sugar, announced by Commissioner Hogan in November 2018, takes place in Brussels today to discuss the EU sugar market situation. The meeting will address the development of the EU sugar market since the end of the quota system on 30 September 2017.
Under the trade agreement between the EU and Colombia, which provides for the recognition and protection of geographical indications, nine new Colombian geographical indications (GIs) are now recognised in the EU, since 13 December 2018. These products include Colombian coffees, flowers, cheese and a biscuit. Those will join the “Café de Colombia” and the fruit “Cholupa del Huila”, both Colombian GIs already protected in the EU.
At the High-level forum Africa-Europe 2018, the Task Force Rural Africa presented its recommendations for sustainable development and job creation in rural Africa. Established to advise on how best to develop Africa’s agriculture and food sectors and its rural economy, the Task Force proposed to improve access to private finance for small and medium size agriculture and food businesses and to mainstream environmental sustainability and promote climate action, among other recommendations.
The EU Agricultural Outlook conference, which this year has the title “The future of food and farming: food for thought”, has become the key annual gathering of European policymakers and stakeholders, providing a unique opportunity to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges which lie ahead.
The Common agricultural policy (CAP) is increasingly market oriented, leading to an increase in EU competitiveness and trade performance. Supporting around 7 million beneficiaries, the CAP is also contributing to reducing poverty rates in rural areas. These were among the findings of the first assessment of the CAP’s performance published on 05 December 2018, by the European Commission.