The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has published a ten-point food security programme. The Federal Government’s support at EU level for the abolition of agricultural export subsidies has been well received by many development and farming organisations. However, as the director of Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World) points out, the report fails to mention that state subsidies will continue to flow into the food sector to ensure that European products can still be sold cheaply on the world market. The organisation Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid) also sees the programme as a step in the right direction, but stresses that its success will depend on how the ten steps are implemented. In addition, it is feared that the FPD wants to achieve the programme’s undefined “increase in sustainable production” by means of genetic engineering.
Analysis from German finds that Ecological Focus Areas – a core part of the ‘greening’ of the Pillar 1 of the CAP – are having little positive impact on biodiversity. Farmers use the full set of options, but with a strong emphasis on the production options. Guest post Sebastian Lanker. […]
Russia is at a crossroads: will it dominate global export markets, or deliver stability and climate solutions for rural areas? In the third and final installment in our Russia series, Alia Yakupova and Hannes Lorenzen explore the fields in which Russia is fighting the battle with the climate and biodiversity crises. […]
How does a rural community plan for the future when it is literally living below sea level? In this excerpt from the book “Rural Europe on the Move: A travel guide to transitions”, Hannes Lorenzen shares the story of his home island of Pellworm on Germany’s North Frisian coast, where the community has come together in the face of climate change, rising sea levels, and other threats to its survival. […]