New Plant-Breeding Techniques (NBTs) are methods allowing the development of new plant varieties with desired traits, by modifying the DNA of the seeds and plant cells. They are called ‘new’ because these techniques have only been developed in the last decade and have evolved rapidly in recent years. Moreover, as these practices are still continuously […]
BREXIT AND TRADE: A DOUBLE CHALLENGE
The political shock of Brexit has yet to be translated in actual economic and commercial terms. The uncertainty as to which will be future model of the trade relationships between the EU and the UK is still paramount. Will we see a hard or a soft Brexit? To which degree will the UK retain access […]
Forging a new ambition for the EU’s suckler herd
The European beef sector is one of the most important agri-food sectors in Europe. It is characterized by great diversity and it is at the foundation of the economic fabric of many rural areas across the European Union. It provides a great number of jobs at each step of the value chain, from the farm […]
Producing Fuel and Feeds – a matter of security and sustainability for Europe
Introduction « I should like to draw your attention to a recent proposal of the European Commission to favour the use of biofuels. (…) The aim is to give by fiscal means a kickstart to the development of a viable biofuel industry in the Community. This initiative to establish a significant renewable energy source in […]
For a new deal in the EU food chain
Context Agriculture and agri-food constitute, together, one of the European Union’s main economic strengths. With a total turnover of €1 350 billion per year and 14 million jobs, agriculture and agri-food are not only one of Europe’s leading business sectors, but also one of its principal sources of employment. It is second only to the […]
Recommandations: How to improve the resilience of the EU agriculture
Agriculture will be faced in the future with growing climate and market volatility. Risk management tools will therfore be necessary to achieve the resilience of the large range of EU agriculture models ; This will not be obtained through a single tool at European level, but through a choice of complementary tools, most of them defined […]
The CAP: Where does the future lie?
The 2014 reform has consolidated the ‘public goods’ component of the Common Agricultural Policy. However, the economic reform of this policy, which remains the primary aim of the common European policy, is still to be finalised. Economic reform is a matter of meeting the most pressing societal challenge: sustainability of production, or, in other words, […]
Are futures the future for farmers?
An evaluation of agricultural futures as a risk management tool in the context of price volatility Agricultural markets have an inherent tendency towards instability. This is mainly because the supply and demand market fundamentals of the agricultural sector are characterised by rigidity, as food is a basic necessity for consumers and agricultural production is seasonal. […]