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Food security: A priority for the Italian presidency of the EU

October 13, 2014

How can the European Union help to ensure the food security of nine billion people by 2050––and eleven billion by 2100 if we believe the latest estimates? How to fight successfully price volatility and its impact on food security? These are the issues raised by the Italian presidency of the EU, issues that were discussed by member states at the September 30 informal meeting held in preparation of the Milan World’s Fair in 20151.

Today, the EU is a net exporter of agricultural products. Its agricultural exports reached €120 billion in 2013. Yet the Italian presidency indicates that, at the same time, the EU remains the world’s first importer of agricultural products. To resolve this situation, the CAP is presented as the key to ensure the food self-sufficiency for the EU, but no only that. For Dacian Ciolos, the CAP “can be used as a foreign policy tool. In conflict and poverty situations… we can provide solutions. The same applies to fighting climate change.” The CAP would then serve as a “Swiss knife” to use Barack Obama’s terms when he spoke about the new Farm Bill.

But does the 2014-2020 CAP really have the means of its ambitions?

While the determination of member states to pursue the objectives of the G20 Agricultural Meeting is indeed real, the new CAP reform does not provide European farmers with solutions to confront market and climate hazards, as well as global competitiveness.

Even Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos––who will be replaced by Phil Hogan of Ireland after next November 1––has acknowledged, “Agriculture cannot be subjected to market fluctuations and at the same time serve as an accommodating political issue.” Both the Italian presidency and the 28 member states agree to promote a permanent political willingness and cooperation concerning food security. The European elected officials now can take action to initiate in-depth discussions to give a new strategic objective to the 2020 CAP.

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