Farmers under pressure

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European farmers’ income has come under rising pressure from a number of factors, ranging from climate change, high input costs, the Russia embargo and sluggish demand from China.

Compounding the challenge for EU farmers are significant imbalances in bargaining power within the food supply chain, resulting in unfair trading practices at the expense of smallholders.

Farmers are exploring ways to reduce the role of intermediaries and sell directly to consumers, with short food supply chains now cited as a new mantra.

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