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Development Policy 24-09-2018

Putting agriculture at the heart of Africa’s rising

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Farming accounts for around 60% of all jobs in sub-Saharan Africa. Governments, the African Union and the EU are keen to promote the industrialization of the African farming sector. But rapid population growth, the effects of climate change and lack of access to finance are among the threats to the future growth of African agriculture and its capacity to feed its people.
24-09-2018

Where are the e-tools to modernise the CAP?

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The European Commission presented last June its proposals about the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In light of the rising global competition, analysts stress the need for a quicker adoption of new technologies in the sector, warning that otherwise the EU will be left behind.
17-09-2018

A difficult balance: Science, politics and policy-making on food

The discussion about food policies in Europe is often heated up and quite frequently politicised. The right balance between science, politics and policy-making has always been difficult to achieve.
25-06-2018

Science, public opinion and policy-making

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The re-authorisation of Monsanto’s weedkiller glyphosate and the ban of three neonicotinoids – a class of insecticide – have opened a heated debate on the role of science in policy-making.

25-06-2018

Short food supply chains in Europe’s North

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The development of short food supply chains – where intermediaries between farmers and consumers are removed – should result in fairer remunerations for farmers and higher quality local food products, supporters say.

 
Development Policy 04-06-2018

Building partnerships: international development and sustainable business

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The European Development Days has established itself as a key fixture in the world's development calendar. The EU plans to revamp its development tools and financial investment instruments in the next seven-year budget, increasing the role of the private sector.
Health 04-06-2018

The fine line between brands and health

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For the World Health Organisation, plain packaging is considered an effective way to reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products and increase the effectiveness of health warnings. But the industry disagrees and points to a fine line between over-regulation and the need to protect consumers.
28-05-2018

The role of innovation in Europe’s animal health

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In an effort to minimise animal diseases’ outbreaks, the European Commission adopted in 2007 the “Prevention is better than cure” approach when it comes to animal health strategy. According to the executive, the objective was to focus on preventive measures, disease surveillance, controls and research.  
09-05-2018

Do new plant breeding techniques have a future in Europe?

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The European Court of Justice is expected to decide soon about the future of the so-called new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) in Europe. The term describes a number of scientific methods for the genetic engineering of plants to enhance traits...
24-04-2018

Tackling ammonia emissions from agriculture

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Agriculture generates around 94% of all ammonia emissions in the EU, the vast majority of which comes from livestock excreta. Greenpeace estimates the livestock share at almost 80%, while mineral fertiliser application accounts for approximately 20%.
16-04-2018

Economic viability in the next CAP

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EU farmers are calling for a simplified Common Agricultural Policy that will provide security for them to invest in their business and make a profit. Can the next CAP ensure a healthy and profitable business environment in the farming sector?
26-03-2018

Post-2020 CAP: simplification and investments

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The European Commission, steered by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, has taken a number of initiatives to simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and help EU farmers cope with the rising demands. The public consultation on modernising and simplifying the CAP...
19-03-2018

Can advanced biofuels really work?

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As part of the Renewable Energy Directive review (RED II), the Commission proposed a gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels, which should be replaced by “more advanced biofuels” that do not compete with food crops.
29-01-2018

European forests and climate change

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Forests are Europe’s biggest carbon sinks and forestry the sector with the greatest potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the quantities needed to meet the bloc’s objectives under the Paris Agreement.
27-11-2017

How the CAP works for you

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The European Commission is working on a major redesign of the Common Agricultural Policy for the post-2020 period. Observers expect a major overhaul of the policy’s structure and the repatriation of certain responsibilities to the EU member states.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

‘Working’ toward healthy eating

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People want healthy food. The question for policymakers now is, how do you make it most easy and cost-effective for them to get that food?
02-10-2017

Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?

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The European Commission's proposal to limit the use of biofuels in transport has drawn heated reactions from farmers who have warned about the effects on jobs and the economy.
11-09-2017

Can the next CAP measure its green performance?

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The discussion about the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy has kicked off as well as the talks about the policy’s long-term green obligations.
24-07-2017

The added value of EU quality schemes

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Europe’s farmers are coming under extraordinary financial pressure as shifting export markets and volatile prices take their toll. But new markets are emerging and consumers in Europe and beyond are increasingly choosing to buy high-quality products from the EU.
Health 19-06-2017

Regulating consumers?

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Over the years, sales and marketing restrictions have piled up on food, drinks and alcohol products. Some are now beginning to worry about a “slippery slope” where tobacco-style regulations – and taxation – are being applied to a whole range of consumer products in the name of public health objectives.
Biofuels 08-05-2017

Rural Renaissance

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Developing rural areas across Europe has emerged as a necessity in order for the EU to meet a wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges.
24-04-2017

Farmers under pressure

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EU 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.
20-03-2017

EU farming getting smarter

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The European Union is exploring ways of helping its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) enter the digital era after 2020.
20-02-2017

Agricultural trade

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Can new niche markets save EU farmers’ income? How should the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy look like in order to support an export-driven farming sector?