Between soaring food prices and feed shortages, the war in Ukraine has rocked the EU’s agri-food sector.
As the war continues with no end in sight, concerns have been raised about how to best ensure food security in the EU and the rest of the world.
But while the impetus for food security has become clear, the best way to ensure it has not.
In this EURACTIV special report, we take a closer look at how the war in Ukraine has impacted the EU’s agri-food sector and what can be done to strengthen the sector.
Member states have joined forces to call for an EU-wide plant protein strategy, which they say is needed “more than ever” in light of the war in Ukraine, but the European Commission is currently unwilling to play ball.
Ukraine urgently needs help to safeguard food production as global shortages loom, then-agriculture minister Roman Leshchenko warned in an address to EU lawmakers, where he denounced large companies for doing business with Russia while doing little to support Ukraine.
Russia's war in Ukraine has impacted almost every aspect of France's agrifood sector. EURACTIV France took stock of the multiple impacts of the war on the sector and responses so far.
The war in Ukraine seems to have set aside, at least temporarily and partially, Europe's ecological ambitions for agriculture but this could lead to challenges in achieving food sovereignty.
While the EU has banned the import of potash, a key mineral fertiliser, from Belarus as part of the sanctions regime, test drilling for additional potash mines in Eastern Germany looks promising.