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.
Farm to Fork is the European Commission’s strategy to support an EU-wide transition to sustainable food production. The Roadmap for the new strategy was open for public consultation until last week. In the final instalment in this three-part series covering feedback on Farm to Fork so far, we look at comments from farmers and agricultural organizations. Hans Wetzels reports. […]
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