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Posts Tagged ‘agricolture’

Pour une pac renouvelée en soutien à une agricolture durable

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 giugno 2018

Jean-Christophe Bureau, 29/05/2018 La Politique agricole commune (PAC) a évolué au fil du temps vers un simple soutien au revenu des agriculteurs, principalement fonction des surfaces cultivées (« premier pilier ») associée à un modeste budget finançant le développement rural (« second pilier »). La tentative de verdissement des aides, décidée en 2013, a été globalement un échec. Les propositions qui sont aujourd’hui sur la table laissent envisager une PAC beaucoup moins commune, où les budgets du second pilier seraient fortement réduits, et où l’on renoncerait à toute politique environnementale ambitieuse.
La valeur ajoutée européenne d’une telle politique pose question, la forte dépendance des revenus agricoles aux subventions européennes devenant le seul argument probant pour défendre les budgets de la PAC.Dans ce Policy Paper, Jean-Christophe Bureau, chercheur associé à l’Institut Jacques Delors, explique que pour que la PAC retrouve une légitimité, il est nécessaire que des objectifs clairs lui soient assignés au service d’un modèle agricole européen. La PAC doit soutenir davantage des biens publics (protection du capital naturel, gestion des eaux, stockage de carbone, maintien de la biodiversité, etc.) ; ses aides doivent être conditionnées à des résultats effectifs et non plus à de tatillonnes obligations de moyens ; et l’allocation des financements aux États de l’UE doit reposer sur des critères objectifs et non plus sur la préservation de retours budgétaires nationaux.

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5th Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 gennaio 2018

JakartaJakarta, Indonesia on 26-28 March 2018 RBF on Food and Agriculture will be held.Based on the 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, world hunger increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. In response, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva called for member countries to renew their commitments to reducing hunger during the closing remarks of the 158th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council last month.Investing more on sustainable agriculture and food systems and the rural population is also a proven accelerator for the SDGs. Actions to achieve the targets of reducing hunger (SDG 2) creates positive benefits such as reduced poverty (SDG 1), improved health (SDG 3), access to quality education (SDG 4), women’s empowerment (SDG 5), access to clean water (SDG 6) and decent working conditions (SDG 8), to name a few.Join us at the 5th Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Food and Agriculture to explore the impacts of food and agriculture sector to the other SDGs. Case studies on scalable collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society will be featured in the different working groups.

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Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 dicembre 2017

Jakarta, 26 – 28 March 2018.The introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 provided a global masterplan for ensuring an equitable, sustainable future for all. Among the Goals, SDG 2 ‘Zero Hunger’ aims to achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, which will require an integrated and collaborative approach to the SDGs.Under the theme ‘Scaling collaboration to deliver the SDGs’, RBF Food & Agriculture, Jakarta 2018 will convene over 500 food, agriculture and nutrition decision makers to discuss solutions to Asia’s food and nutrition crisis, and agree on actions and commitments to achieving the SDGs. The Forum will devise scaleable solutions to achieving ‘Zero-Hunger’, recognising that this underpins most, if not all, of the SDGs.
Delegates will share partnerships, projects and initiatives designed to transform the food and agriculture value chain, and will partake in focused working groups on how to accelerate and scale these initiatives through collaboration.

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Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 ottobre 2017

Planet Earth - North AmericaFarmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, announced today a strategic partnership to bring Planet’s best-in-class global monitoring data and platform capabilities to the Farmers Edge precision agriculture product suite. Planet is an integrated aerospace and data platform company that operates the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites, collecting the largest quantity of earth imagery. Farmers Edge is now a sole distributor for Planet in key agricultural regions, with the right to use and distribute high-resolution, high-frequency imagery from Planet’s three flagship satellite constellations.
Through this multimillion-dollar, multi-year global distribution agreement, Farmers Edge and Planet are significantly expanding their existing partnership. The companies will deliver the vanguard of remote sensing driven and analytics-based agronomy services to growers worldwide. Farmers Edge customers will be among the first to take advantage of field-centric, consistent, and accurate insights from satellite imagery. While traditional imagery products provide only a partial, delayed, or inconsistent view of fields, this partnership equips Farmers Edge growers with comprehensive, high-quality field imagery more frequently updated than any other company in the industry.“Until now, the challenge with satellite imagery was the data was simply not frequent enough to react to crop stress in a timely manner,” said Wade Barnes, President and CEO of Farmers Edge. “At Farmers Edge, providing our customers with the most concise, comprehensive, and consistent data is at the core of what we do. We understand the need for more image frequency, that’s why we are partnering with Planet. Daily imagery is a game-changer in the digital ag space.”The combination of Planet’s unprecedented data set and Farmers Edge state-of-the-art image processing technology allows for early crop monitoring and gives growers the best opportunity to correct factors that could limit crop performance and compromise yield potential. Growers will now have a wealth of field-centric data updated throughout the growing season, including early monitoring of crop stand, detection of pest and weed pressure, drainage issues, hail damage, herbicide injuries, nutrient deficiencies, yield prediction and more.“Farmers Edge is consistently at the cutting edge of innovation in agricultural technology, and we’re proud to expand our partnership with them as we work to improve profitability, sustainability, and efficiency for the world’s producers,” said Will Marshall, CEO of Planet. “The challenges faced by the agriculture industry are complex in nature and global in scale, and we believe our data is uniquely positioned to solve agricultural challenges.”“Retailers, co-ops, equipment dealers, agronomists, and all other important advisors to the farmer can now partner with Farmers Edge and leverage this industry changing capability within their business,” said Ron Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer of Farmers Edge. “We’re pleased to be able to help so many in our industry manage risks, in near real-time. This is great for our customers, our partners, and agriculture.”In 2016, Planet awarded Farmers Edge its Agriculture Award, recognizing the company’s pioneering work with ag-based analytics, Variable Rate Technology and field-centric data management. (photo: Planet’s global)

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Forum on Food and Agriculture, 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

grand-hyatt-jakartaGrand Hyatt, Jakarta, 14-15 March. Attending this year’s forum will be 4 Ministers from Indonesia and a further 12 senior government representatives from around the region.
Join us in Jakarta to meet and engage with these policy makers and help to find new solutions to: Securing Asia’s food and nutrition future. To ensure you are part of the conversation, please register here.The Indonesian government will be strongly represented at a Ministerial level, we are delighted to confirm the attendance of: Darmin Nasution, Co-ordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Amran Sulaiman, Minister of Agriculture, Nila Moeloek, Minister of Health and Bambang Brodjenegoro, Minister for National Development Planning.Other government speakers include:
Subandi Sardjoko, Deputy Minister, National Development Planning, Indonesia
Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Indonesia Tajuddin bin Abdul Rahman, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Malaysia
Phouthone Moungpak, Vice-Minister and Chair, National Nutrition Committee, Ministry of Health, Laos Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, MyanmarSegfredo Serrano, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture, Philippines Margaret Yoovatana, Senior Policy and Plan Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand
Chandavone Phoxay, Deputy Director-General, Hygiene-Health Promotion Department, Ministry of Health, Laos Tashi Samdup, Director General, Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Bhutan Soth Sithon, Director Economic Development Department, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Cambodia Hean Vanhan, Director General of General Directorate of Agriculture, Cambodia
Chu Van Chuong, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
According to FAO’s latest study, Asia has the largest number of hungry people in the world, with two thirds of the population affected. The Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture, 2017 presents a unique opportunity to address this challenge and to have your voice heard.

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From rapporteur to coordinator: the different roles taken on by MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 agosto 2015

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Pietro Naj-Oleari:
European Parliament,
Information General Directoratem,
Web Communication Unit,
Picture Editor.
Phone: +32479721559/+32.2.28 40 633

Being an MEP involves more than just debating and voting on legislative proposals. They can be tasked with drawing up a report to represent the Parliament’s position on a legislative proposal or any other matter. They can also act as group coordinators in a committee, follow the progress of a legislative report or be in charge of preparing an opinion on a proposal. Read on to find out more about the different responsibilities MEPs are able to take on in the European Parliament. Whenever a new legislative proposal arrives, a committee that deals with the issue involved is charged with drawing up a recommendation for all MEPs to vote on. For example, if it is something to do with the transport of livestock, then the agriculture committee would deal with it, whereas if it is about a trade treaty with Canada, it would go to the international trade committee. The committee appoints a MEP to prepare the report. This person, known as the rapporteur, often consults with the political groups and with experts, sometimes during specially organised hearings. Based on the information received, he or she drafts a text, including amendments, which the committee then votes on. All MEPs then vote on the report during a plenary session. To follow the progress of a report, political groups have the option of appointing shadow rapporteurs. They represent the views of their political group on the subject and play an important role by facilitating the search for a compromise on the legislative proposal in talks with the other political groups. Political groups can also appoint someone as coordinator in every committee to act as the group’s main spokesperson in that committee and together with the other coordinators prepare decisions to be taken by the committee, especially on the procedure and the appointment of rapporteurs. They can also mobilise group members during important votes and can appoint shadow rapporteurs. (photo: MEPs)

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Commissioner Hogan on official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

bulgariaPhil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is today (10 July 2015) on official visit in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will meet with the Bulgarian President, Mr Rossen Plevneliev, with the Prime Minister, Mr Boyko Borissov, and with the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Ms Desislava Taneva. Together with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture, he will open a factory for meat processing financed by the Bulgarian Rural Development Programme. Commissioner Hogan will also deliver a speech to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Food and will participate in a European debate with Ms Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional affairs, as well as with Ms Desislava Taneva. They will discuss the key role of Agriculture and Rural Development for jobs creation and investment. In addition to these political meetings, he will also launch the Initiative for Social Empowerment (ISE)’s pilot project empowering disadvantaged communities (predominately women and Roma) from rural areas to start their own micro-enterprises in local herbal products.

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Latest Short-Term Outlook for EU agricultural markets

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

agricolturaA report on the short-term market outlook for EU arable, dairy and meat markets has been published by the European Commission today. This regular exercise concludes that EU dairy deliveries are expected to finish the calendar year just 1% higher than in 2014, despite the end of dairy quotas at the start of April. With the continuation of the Russian import ban, more milk is likely to be channelled into skimmed milk powder and butter, rather than cheese. With regard to cereals, after last year’s record crop (329 million tonnes of cereals – about 14% above average), exports are estimated close to 60% above average. Moreover, this year’s cereal harvest is forecast to be higher than average levels (+6%) for the third year in a row. In the meat sector, pigmeat production is expected to increase further in 2015, driven by low feed prices and a slightly higher breeding sows herd. Poultrymeat production continues its steady development. Beefmeat production is also likely to rise in 2015, boosted by cow herd developments and export opportunities. Relatively good prices and favourable forage conditions support an increasing herd and production in the sheep sector. This additional meat on the market translates in an average 1.4% (1kg) increase in consumption per capita this year, after the strong recovery already observed in 2014.

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Agriculture and Fisheries Council discusses fishing opportunities for 2016

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2015

Agriculture and Fisheries CouncilThe Agriculture and Fisheries Council (Luxembourg, 16 June 2015) discussed fishing opportunities for 2016 in EU waters. Ministers of EU Member States reaffirmed their strong commitment to make EU fisheries more sustainable.Other topics included expenditure under the European Fisheries Fund 2007-13, the Russian ban on fisheries products imports from Latvia and Estonia and negotiations for a sustainable fisheries partnership agreement with Tanzania.
Fishing opportunities for 2016. The Commission briefed ministers on a communication on EU fishing opportunities for 2016, which it had tabled earlier this month. The document reports that in the last few years the EU has generally managed its fisheries more sustainably and thus achieved a better state for a large number of its fish stocks. Overfishing is still predominant in the Mediterranean however, where improvements have been slower.
Several Member States acknowledged the overall improvement in the state of fish resources; however some delegations stressed that improvements in other stocks, such as Blue Fin tuna, could have been better recognised. They also recalled the importance of setting up multiannual plans with a multispecies approach for fish stocks. The Council needs to agree on the fishing opportunities for 2016 by the end of this year. The agreement will take into account the impact of fishing fleets on stocks (fishing mortality). Several countries noted that this means moving to levels needed to permit stocks to rebuild to biomass levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield (MSY), while taking into account socio-economic factors.
Ministers also discussed a request by Greece to extend the eligibility period of expenditure for the Operational Programme Fisheries 2007-2013. The period is set to expire on 31st July 2015. The Commission explained that it could not extend the period of eligibility and that funds available should be used under existing rules.
Russia has imposed a ban on Latvian and Estonian fish and fish product imports for sanitary reasons, as of 4th June 2015. The Commission presented a set of measures and instruments that could be mobilised to support the member states and industry affected by this decision. They include more storage aid, better support in identifying alternative markets and greater flexibility for transfers of fishing quotas for the most affected stocks.
EU and Tanzania – negotiations for a Fisheries Partnership Agreement Ministers have authorised the Commission to open negotiations on behalf of the EU for the conclusion of a sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) and protocol with the United Republic of Tanzania.

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“Severe labour exploitation in the EU”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 Maggio 2015

bruxelles (1)Brussels Monday, 1 June 2015 16.30 Justus Lipsius building high-level conference, on 2 June 2015. Technical press briefing by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the findings of a first EU study that comprehensively explores all criminal forms of labour exploitation of migrant workers and those who have moved from one EU country to the other. The findings reveal not only that criminal labour exploitation is prevalent in a number of industries, particularly agriculture, construction, hotel and catering, domestic work, and manufacturing, but also that exploiters are at little risk of prosecution, punishment or the necessity of having to compensate victims.The research provides evidence that:
Severe labour exploitation is widespread in the EU in a number of industries (such as agriculture, construction, hotel and catering, domestic work, manufacturing).A lack of workplace inspections and monitoring of working conditions, coupled with ineffective investigations, lead to a situation of widespread impunity: offenders are at little risk of prosecution, punishment or the necessity of having to compensate exploited workers, a situation exacerbated by underreporting.The majority of consumers are not aware that products they buy or use may be the result of labour exploitation as there is no system of binding standards or clear branding.For example, in countries such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia, the laws on exploitative working conditions only protect third-country nationals in an irregular situation. In almost all EU Member States, workers with an irregular residence status from non-EU countries are protected from severe labour exploitation by means of criminal law provisions. EU nationals enjoy this level of protection in only four Member States (Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands).

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Climate justice at UN talks in Durban

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 novembre 2011

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Durban, South Africa 29 November to 5 December. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will travel to UN climate talks. He will urge governments for a deal on climate change that puts poor communities in developing countries first and provides for a sustainable future. Cardinal Rodriguez and Caritas South Africa will be leading a delegation of representatives from the Caritas confederation’s over 160 Catholic aid agency membership. The 20- strong Caritas delegation will be taking part in several events in Durban in focusing on the impact of climate change in Africa. Cardinal Rodriguez said, “Our climate is changing. Caritas organisations are responding to increasing unpredictability and extreme weather conditions experienced around the world. This year we saw floods in Central America, South and South East Asia and drought across East Africa. “Urgent action is necessary. Climate negotiators in Durban must not further delay agreeing to international legislation to curb the threat of climate change and set the world on a path to a more just and sustainable future.” In 2011, the East of Africa suffered the worst drought in half a century. Drought is not new in East Africa but changes in weather patterns combined with lack of investment, competition for land and water
have eroded the capacity of local people to cope. “The whole world is vulnerable to climate change but poor countries are affected more,” said Cardinal Rodriguez. “Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to the impacts of climate change. Africans are taking a stand in Durban, it is time for the world to stand with Africa.” Caritas says negotiations
at the UNFCCC meeting must take the necessary steps for a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement that builds on the Kyoto Protocol. Decisions are needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent by 2020 by developed counties. Caritas says the Green Climate Fund must become fully operational. Adaptation measures should receive substantial public funding as poor and vulnerable populations are most affected. A key concern for Caritas is ensuring that all men and women around the world have enough safe and healthy food. Climate change affects food security because the modification of climate patterns seriously affects agriculture The right to food must be a guiding principle at Durban. For Caritas, it means ensuring that the one billion people living in extreme poverty are both the beneficiaries and the engines of agriculture and food security policies.

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