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Europe and global food security‘Special Week’ coverage

Date

20 Nov 2009

Sections

Agriculture & Food
Health & Consumers

EurActiv, the independent media portal specialised in EU policies, will be running special coverage on Europe’s role in global food security from 23-27 November.

In the wake of the recent food price crisis in 2007-2008, the United Nations has warned that prices remain "stubbornly high in developing countries". It expects the number of hungry people in the world to increase to over one billion this year. The global economic crisis is further aggravating the situation by causing job losses and deepening poverty.

During the Special Week, EurActiv.com will take a closer look at the current state of discussions on food security following the UN World Food Summit in Rome.

In Europe, milk farmers have had to battle through an unprecedented crisis, with milk prices reaching new lows after deregulation of the sector, leading angry farmers to stage protests in Brussels. Meanwhile, a debate has started over the revision of EU agricultural policy after 2013 amid bankruptcy warnings from some EU farmers and calls for the re-regulation of the food and agriculture sector.

The EurActiv special week will feature the following articles:

An exclusive interview with EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel.
A new EurActiv policy brief (LinksDossier) on global food security and the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Food security in Africa and the developing world.
Trade issues and the Doha Round of WTO talks.
‘Land grabs’ from rich countries in the developing world.
Climate change and agriculture.

The special week coverage was made possible thanks to Syngenta, which supports EurActiv’s Agriculture and Food section. The section is available free of charge in three languages at the following address: http://www.euractiv.com/en/cap [FR] [DE]

Media contacts:

Outi Alapekkala, Section Coordinator, food and agriculture, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.81, food@euractiv.com

Frédéric Simon, Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.78, editor2@euractiv.com

Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, Managing Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.69, news@euractiv.com

Christophe Leclercq, Publisher, EurActiv.com, Tel. +32(0)2.226.58.13, publisher@euractiv.com

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