Brussels, 20 February 2019: The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) appointed Jacob Hansen, Director General of Fertilizers Europe as its new Chair. Jacob is picking up the chairmanship from European Crop Protection Association’s (ECPA) Director General, Jean-Philippe Azoulay. He will continue to lead the multi-stakeholder group throughout 2019 to enhance understanding of the European agri-food chain sector’s important role and contribution to an innovative and sustainable Europe in light of the new EU parliament.
Today, the Agri-Food chain coalition held an event in the European Parliament to look at the contribution of the agri-food chain to achieving the SDGs.
Hosted by MEP Eva Kaili, the event brought together representatives of the FAO, KeyGene, an SME active in the field of plant breeding innovation, the Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), and CEMA, the European Agriculture Machinery Association to showcase sustainability best practices, and to discuss how the EU can support and stimulate continuous innovation in the sector.
Starting by introducing the synergies between the SDGs and livestock farming – i.e. contribution to a decrease in poverty and hunger – FAO representative Mr Acosta elaborated on the way livestock farming contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while highlighting the complexities and challenges that come with it.
MEP Eva Kaili said ‘It is important to bring this discussion within the European Parliament because we all have a duty to play to continue and encourage even further innovation in the agri-food chain with policies that let European farmers and businesses be competitive while playing a key role in the global effort to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Businesses are often seen as the cause of the problems the SDGs are trying to solve, however it is very clear that they are also the ones who are best placed to provide the much needed solutions to the problems the SDGs are trying to address’.
Jean-Philippe Azoulay, Director General of the European Crop Protection Association, and current Chair of the AFCC said: “The SDGs are an ambitious set of goals, and the entire agri-food chain is committed to working towards their achievement. The key to this is a political and regulatory environment which encourages and stimulates innovation. It’s important to remember that the SDGs are global in nature, and we in Europe should play a central role in the drive to ensuring that they are met. The agri-food chain is ready to play its part.”
The AFCC partners have been proud to showcase innovative solutions supporting a more sustainable agri-food sector, trying to address challenges such as climate change and the growing population, while meeting society’s food demands and preserving the environment and natural resources. To do so, the AFCC partners strongly believe in robust collaborations with regional, national, European and international institutions to provide the right framework, guidance, incentives and measurement outlines, necessary to promote and track progress in the comprehensive Sustainability Agenda set out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) seizes the opportunity of its event – ‘Innovation is good news – opening eyes to resource efficiency in the European agri-food chain’ in Brussels to highlight the importance of innovation in the agri-food sector. Innovation helps improve food security, drives resource efficiency and encourages sustainable agriculture.
Registration is open to attend the AFCC event on ‘Innovation is good news – opening eyes to resource efficiency in the European agri-food chain’, taking place on 23 November 2017 – from 12.30 to 14.30 – at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel. It will be hosted by MEP Czeslaw Adam Siekierski, Chair of COM AGRI.,
Download the programme and and register by 20 November 2017. Registrations will be treated on a first come, first serve basis.
All European citizens rely on, and greatly benefit from, a well-functioning and competitive agri-food sector that provides safe, nutritious and high quality agricultural products, as well as sustainable, affordable food produced in the EU.
Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis called for “all the stakeholders including farmers to work together with you and play a vital role to advance the promotion and understanding of science wherever possible,” at the COCERAL/UNISTOCK Conference on ‘Innovation in the food chain: Communicating risks, sharing experiences, seizing opportunities’, held in Poland on 30 May.