Digitalisation and New Technologies in Agri-food event is co-organised by JRC and Junta de Andalusia. It is composed of four different parts: 2019 Autumn Working Committee Meeting (3 December 2019), Exploring synergies between Digital Innovation Hubs and Agri-food Partnerships (4 December 2019), Field visit (4 December 2019) and B2B event (3-4 December 2019) organised by EEN.
Weekly activities of the Commissioners in energy & climate, environment, digital, transport, trade, finance, food & drink and health policy.
The press releases regarding the outcomes of the Commissioner-designate hearings are included in this post.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations today published new guidelines aimed at assuring crop diversity and farmers’ resilience to plant genetic resource loss. The Voluntary Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Farmers Varieties/Landraces are a valuable aid to countries in developing national plans to conserve these critical crop resources.
The drought observed in 2018 in Europe had a significant impact on the overall feed supply for 2018/19. The level of EU self-sufficiency and total feed supply decreased compared to the previous years. The self-sufficiency dropped from 80% to 77%, with a lower availability of roughage, partly replaced by higher maize imports. The total feed supply was down by 4%, to 83 million tonnes, due to the reduced size of cattle and pig herd. These are among the key findings of the 2018/19 EU feed protein balance sheet, published today by the European Commission.
Conference on Food Waste and Losses Reduction, Vatican City, 11 November 2019.
The economic accounts for agriculture show that total agricultural output in the European Union (EU) stood at €434.3 billion in basic prices in 2018, slightly up (by 0.6%) compared with 2017. In 2018, the equivalent of 58.2% (or €252.6 bn) of the value of agricultural output generated was spent on intermediate consumption (input goods and services), while gross value added (i.e. the value of output minus the value of intermediate consumption) was the equivalent of 41.8% (or €181.7 bn).
Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.