About: Food security

Agrifood 24-06-2022

G7 gear up to counter Putin’s use of ‘hunger as weapon’

Ahead of a G7 summit this weekend, the German government gathered ministers from 40 countries in Berlin on Friday (24 June) to draw up strategies for global food security in the face of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Agrifood 24-06-2022

OECD: EU farming subsidies not focused enough on green goals, innovation

While EU agricultural spending for climate action is high, this has not brought emission reductions, says a new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Agrifood 20-06-2022

Ukraine’s grain ‘OPEC’ – What is it and is it worth the price?

Ukraine is reviving Russia’s pipe dream of setting up an organization of gran exporting countries - but with Western partners. However, experts warn of potential negative consequences of a grain 'OPEC' with more clarification on its functioning needed.
Global Europe 17-06-2022

WTO reaches initial deal as India’s defiance tempered

Major members of the World Trade Organization reached an initial deal on 16 June, winning over India which said it was confident more global accords could be achieved as negotiations on fishing, vaccines and food security entered their final hours.
Agrifood 16-06-2022

EU-India clash over push on free trade of food

The Indian government has lambasted a push from the EU and other World Trade Organisation (WTO) members to keep global trade on foodstuffs open to cope with the fallout of the Ukraine war, backing countries' right to stockpile to feed their citizens.
Agrifood 11-06-2022

Trusting Putin on grain corridors would be ‘kamikaze’, says German minister

Ukraine cannot count on Putin to honour his word and grant safe passage to grain vessels, German agriculture minister Cem Özdemir said during a visit to Kyiv on Friday, where he also promised fresh funds to support alternative export routes.
Agrifood 08-06-2022

Keep calm and carry on trading: Von der Leyen urges solidarity to fix food crisis

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for global solidarity to cope with food insecurity caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, urging states to keep trade open while pledging EU support for the most vulnerable countries.
Agrifood 07-06-2022

Hunger hotspots: UN warns current food insecurity worse than Arab Spring

Acute food insecurity will likely deteriorate further in 20 countries over the coming months, according to a new report from the world’s major food organisations, who warn the current situation is already worse than during the 2011 Arab Spring.
Agrifood 07-06-2022

Czech Presidency: ‘Let’s forget about the Farm to Fork strategy for a few months’

It would be wise to forget about the EU’s flagship sustainable food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, throughout the Czech Republic’s presidency to instead focus on increasing food production, Štěpán Černý, director-general for European Affairs for the Czech government told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 02-06-2022

EU steps up efforts to debunk Putin’s food security propaganda

The EU is planning an offensive to counter Russian narratives as to which Western sanctions are made responsible for the disruption to global supply of grains and fertilisers, EURACTIV.com has learnt.
Agrifood 31-05-2022

Von der Leyen urges EU to step up food production, Africa to boost precision farming

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for the EU and Africa to step up efforts on food production, including via innovative farming techniques such as precision farming, in light of the war in Ukraine.
Agrifood 31-05-2022

African Union and EU agree united stance on food security amid famine warnings

The EU and the African Union have agreed on a united message on food security which places the blame for disruptions to food supply squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s shoulders amid warnings of a “catastrophic” famine.
Agrifood 27-05-2022

Agrifood Brief: From food sovereignty to food security

Last week saw French agriculture minister Julien Denormandie, after being snubbed for the role of France’s prime minister, step back from politics altogether.
Agrifood 25-05-2022

Commission considers easing rules on crop rotation to grow more wheat

The Commission is open to a German proposal to delay new EU rules on crop rotation in order to increase wheat production in the light of the Ukraine war, after the idea won approval from a number of member states.
Agrifood 24-05-2022

Von der Leyen: Russia weaponises hunger, grain as way to wield global power

Russia is deliberately weaponising food and hunger to wield global power, according to European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen, who warned that it is the world’s most vulnerable who will bear the brunt of its actions.
Agrifood 20-05-2022

German development minister understands India’s wheat export ban

India restricting its wheat exports amid the tense global market situation is understandable due to the prevailing drought in the country, German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Svenja Schulze said. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 20-05-2022

Blinken accuses Russia of using food as a weapon in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia on Thursday (19 May) of using food as a weapon in Ukraine by holding "hostage" supplies for not just Ukrainians, but also millions around the world.
Agrifood 19-05-2022

MEPs ask to pause CAP biodiversity requirements amid Ukraine war

The majority group leaders of the European Parliament's agriculture committee asked the Commission to consider temporary derogations of the EU’s already adopted agriculture subsidies reform in light of the war in Ukraine.
Agrifood 17-05-2022

Yemen’s wheat industry urges international action to avert mass famine

Urgent international action is needed to avert a mass famine in Yemen on a never-before seen scale due to the Ukraine war, according to the country's largest wheat importer, the HSA Group, who wrote to leaders ahead of a UN summit this week. 
Agrifood 13-05-2022

Ukraine minister seeks G7 help to export 40 million tonnes of grain

Global food security and the impact of Russia’s invasion are high on the agenda of the G7 agriculture ministers meeting on Friday and Saturday (13-14 May), with Ukrainian minister Mykola Solskyj as a special guest.
Agrifood 13-05-2022

Commission slams Slovakia’s proposed restriction of grain, cereal exports

Slovakia has tabled a proposal that would restrict agricultural commodities exports in light of the war in Ukraine, a move the European Commission has condemned, warning any bans of this nature to destabilise markets and lead to price increases.
Agrifood 11-05-2022

Germany lobbies EU to suspend crop rotation rules

German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir is lobbying the European Commission to postpone a new regulation on crop rotation so that farmers can grow more wheat in view of the war in Ukraine. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 10-05-2022

Play nice if you want our agri-trade: EU hangs food security threat over Turkey

Turkey must play by the rules if it hopes to strengthen its agricultural relations with the EU in order to bolster its food security in light of the Ukraine war, member states stressed ahead of a high-level meeting this week.
Agrifood 06-05-2022

Agrifood Brief: Who’s afraid of Farm to Fork?

Has the recent debate over food security somehow compromised the sustainable ambitions of the Green Deal food chapter, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy? That’s the question that – very timidly – many in EU the bubble have started to...