About: Food security

EU-Africa 24-06-2022

An Africa-G7 energy food and security grand bargain 

Europe, the US, and Africa are all reeling from the prolonged Russia/Ukraine crisis. They need to forge a new grand bargain that holds out the promise of shared energy security, food security, job creation and long-term green growth and prosperity, argues Vera Songwe.
Agrifood 23-06-2022

Our food security is on shaky ground. The G7 must put that right 

G7 leaders meeting in Germany this weekend must start to put the world food system on a more resilient footing, writes Olivier De Schutter.

Europe’s nature restoration journey can begin

For the past 30 years, EU nature laws have revolved around conservation but this is clearly not enough. Instead, restoring nature is the best way forward, one of the wisest investments available to society, and also crucial for food security, write  Frans Timmermans and Virginijus Sinkevičius.
Agrifood 18-09-2021

Time to tip our food systems towards a sustainable and equitable future

By finding well targeted 'tipping points', a sustainable, resilient, and more equitable world food system can still be created, argue Simon Sharpe and Tim Lenton.
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Agrifood 07-04-2021

EU-Africa Partnership: Let African Farmers trade rather than being dependent on aid

As an African farmer and exporter, I know all too well the potential of agricultural trade for the development of my country Kenya and my continent. As the European Union and the African Union prepare to agree on their new...
Agrifood 13-01-2021

How American agriculture can work with the EU on food sustainability

We must build more resilient, sustainable global food systems that can feed an increasingly hungry world, or there will be dire consequences, warn Kip Tom and Ronald J. Gidwitz.
Agrifood 28-09-2018

We want peasants

This week in Geneva, the Human Rights Council is expected to take a position on the follow-up to a draft Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other Persons Working in Rural Areas. Five years after the start of the negotiations, we are at a turning point, argues a group of European academics.
Agrifood 12-07-2017

Global food insecurity: Could the next generation have the answer?

It's no secret - farming is declining in popularity. All over the world, young people are put off by the long hours and low pay and this is a worrying trend. That's why we need a new generation of farmers, explains Adrian Percy.
Agrifood 13-02-2017

Will MEPs stand up for financial stability over speculation?

MEPs have the power to protect our food security by setting tough standards on speculation. They should not bow to industry lobbying but put consumers first, writes Myriam Vander Stichele.
Agrifood 06-02-2017

Pesticide bans are catch-22 for landowners

Landowners need crop protection products to feed our growing population. By removing crop protection products from the market, the EU is endangering its own food security, writes Robert de Graeff.
Agrifood 07-12-2016

The EU adopts a global fishing authorisation system

Almost 60% of fish resources are at the limit of sustainability. The global fishing fleet is far too large to ensure sustainable fishing and the overall picture is alarming around the world, writes Linnéa Engström.
Climate change 25-11-2016

Food security in the face of climate change: Impossible without water

Development agencies must use the momentum from COP22 to prioritise water infrastructure projects and help mitigate the effects of climate change and extreme weather events in Africa, write Elke Herrfahrdt-Pähle and Waltina Scheumann.
Agrifood 12-09-2016

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.
Agrifood 05-09-2016

How a meeting in Cork could save rural Europe

The CAP’s failings mean grassroots movements and national governments are starting to take matters into their own hands. Policymakers at this week’s Cork conference on rural development must take heed, write Stanka Becheva and Ramona Duminicioiu.
Development Policy 06-06-2016

Flawed ‘New Alliance for Food Security’ initiative needs urgent reform

The European Union and several of its member states are supporting a highly-flawed development initiative. A critical resolution voted on tomorrow (7 June) by the European Parliament should be a call to action to finally engage in a comprehensive reform, write Hanna Saarinen and Isabelle Brachet write.
Agrifood 27-05-2016

With or without pesticides?

Regulations that prohibit farmers from protecting their crops are putting our food supply at risk, writes Graeme Taylor.
Climate change 02-12-2015

The EU’s climate change challenge

Failure to address climate change effectively will lead to adverse impacts on all countries, but if EU ambition is matched globally, we will maintain economic growth and job creation while meeting the 2°C objective, writes Seán Kelly.
Agrifood 23-10-2015

Justice, democracy and diversity in our food systems

Nora McKeon argues that the big business agricultural model promoted by the EU undermines food security and small businesses in the Global South. 
Development Policy 18-03-2015

Putting the brakes on New Alliance land grabs

What kind of role should the private sector have in the post-2015 fight against poverty and food insecurity? And how should EU governments ensure it is genuinely inclusive and responsible? Yaekob Metena explores the possibilities.
Hilal Elver
Agrifood 23-02-2015

MEPs take note: Biofuels are synonymous with high, volatile food prices

To ensure that the right to food can be realised by everyone, EU politicians should plan to phase out the use of biofuels altogether, write Hilal Elver and Olivier De Schutter.

Creating a more sustainable biofuel policy

The European Commission’s proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive should be welcomed as a first step towards the elimination of the adverse impact of biofuels. But more incisive action is badly needed in the future, writes Enrico Partiti.
Agrifood 04-09-2012

Tackling the causes of high food prices

Coordinated international action can stop another food crisis like the one in 2007-2008, argue José Graziano da Silva, Kanayo F. Nwanze and Ertharin Cousin of the United Nations.