Preserving our soil to protect our food

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Blog Post by Commissioner Karmanu Vella: After four decades of EU water policy, where are we now?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Vote on Minimum requirements for water reuse (3 December 2018)

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Event: Investing in nutrition for a sustainable future: current impact and future focus of the EU (Brussels,4 December 2018)

With a strong EU commitment to reduce stunting by 7 million children under five by 2025 with €3.5 billion in 2014-2020 period, what has been achieved and how will investments be made in the next period? Will the EU invest in ending all forms of malnutrition? What is the role of the private sector in ending malnutrition? How do new initiatives like the EU External Investment Plan play a role in ending malnutrition?

Event: Strengthening Rural-Urban Linkages in Africa to achieve food security (Brussels, 3 December 2018)

The event will look at multiple and complex interconnections between rural and urban spaces, and how these affect poverty and food insecurity in Africa. Firstly, the session will explore the urban-rural dynamic in Africa and implication for food systems, presenting some cases of agro-food sector development in small-medium sized towns. Finally, it will discuss concrete approaches that build, transform or strengthen urban-rural linkages to achieve food security for all.

Press Release: Europe’s eyes in the sky are helping to solve energy, land-use problems in Africa

Scientists have created a solar atlas of Egypt, revealing where the sun’s rays shine most brilliantly and where dust storms obstruct its light. And in Niger, forecasters are guiding pastoralists towards grazing areas and water sources – and away from conflict with sedentary farmers.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views on findings of the IPCC Special report “Global warming 1.5 C”(26 November 2018)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (Development) (26 November 2018)

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Press release: Global food security: Council adopts conclusions

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Event: e-Weather/e-Climate Information Services for Sustainable Development in Africa (Brussels, 27 November 2018)

Increasing agricultural productivity, profitability and resilience to climate change while ensuring food security all requires access to reliable, customized, and consistent information including weather forecasts, early warning of extreme weather events and agronomic advisory services. This InfoPoint will show-case two EU Horizon 2020 funded projects and the work of Kenya’s Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KARLO) in harnessing advanced remote sensing technologies (e.g. EU Copernicus satellite weather/climate data) and in-situ sensing technologies, both combined with mobile technologies to support climate-smart agriculture effectively and ensure food security in a changing climate.

Press Release: Climate action improves air quality, preventing deaths and helping us grow more food

A new study finds that the air quality improvements stemming from currently pledged energy and climate policies can prevent more than 71k premature deaths annually by 2030 and significantly increase agricultural crop yields.

G20 Summit (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30 November – 1 December 2018)

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Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: Elements for an EU strategy on India

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP DEVE Committee – CAP Reform Package (19 November 2018)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (21 November 2018)

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Press Release: Water diplomacy – Council adopts conclusions

“On 19 November 2019, the Council adopted conclusions on water diplomacy. The Council recalls that water is a prerequisite for human survival and dignity and a fundamental basis for the resilience of both societies and the environment. Water is vital for human nutrition and health, and essential for ecosystem management, agriculture, energy and overall planetary security.”

Press Release: Restoring floodplains would improve state of water, ecosystems and climate protection in Europe

“Areas next to rivers hold potential for cost-effective flood protection and improving the health of an entire river ecosystem. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today, restoring European floodplains closer to their natural state would contribute to the achievement of several European Union policies. Estimates suggest that 70-90 % of Europe’s floodplain area is ecologically degraded.”

Agenda: EP AGRI Committee Meeting (21-22 November 2018)

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Agenda: EP DEVE Committee Meeting (19-20 November 2018)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (14 November 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (15 November 2018)

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