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.
“No country alone will be able to overcome all the challenges we face fully, so we must act globally. Nobody must be left behind,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today in remarks to member states.
The fourth edition of The Economist’s Sustainability Summit will marshal the evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policymakers, financial institutions and business leaders should act. Where are we on the sustainability front compared with where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short? Has the world already passed the point of no return in terms of climate change? And to what extent should efforts be directed at adaptation rather than mitigation?
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for agriculture and rural development, in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is organising two roundtables on the proposed new environmental and climate architecture of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
ECR MEPs today condemned moves to re-open the decision to licence the world’s most popular weed killer for use in the European Union. The European Parliament’s Special Committee on Pesticides wants the issue to be reassessed just 12 months after Glyphosate was licensed for five years by Member States.