Geopolitics and protectionism are both firmly back with a vengeance. Forget the niceties of the 1990s when the Cold War thawed, peace, love and happiness flowed freely across the Berlin Wall, and everyone thought that borders no longer mattered anymore.

2014-2020 CAP reform: Still not a done deal!

The adoption of five EU regulations in December marked the end of a two-year decision-making process on reforming the CAP, yet that was still not the end of the story – as they did not clarify how all of the re...

Continuing Ukraine unrest over Crimea spikes grain prices

Grains harvest Mounting unrest between Ukraine and Russia over Crimea is spiking global grain prices, which recently stabilized on bumper harvests. The Black Sea region’s importance to global grain production and exports has ...

UK debate over EU flood funding reflects political and social divisions

The floods across Southern England are developing into a ‘perfect storm’ of their own, with politicians desperately wading around in wellingtons seeking media attention, while the many landowners and householde...

Ukraine unrest sparks farm trade concerns

As the world’s leading sunflower seed producer and a major maize and wheatexporter, any significant escalation in the fragile Ukraine political situationmay have significant repercussions on global agricultural...

Africa needs more accurate agricultural data

World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Shanta Devarajan, recently described the sorry state of much development data in Africa as nothing less than a statistical tragedy. Whilst such a bold statement could be c...

European overtures still hinge on hope for Ukraine farm trade deal

Ukraine’s much-vaunted deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (DCFTA) with the EU has been postponed, some observers say for at least two years o...

EU biofuels investment dries up due to policy uncertainty

A new Agra CEAS consulting report argues that while the EU has the most ambitious biofuels policy in the world, outside of European Commission-funded ...

Clashes ahead of MEP elections next May could determine future farm policies

The rising tide of euroscepticism is leading to some unholy alliances that might slow down the legislative processes of the EU following the European ...

Falling EU crop protection investment has food security implications

A call by Tonio Borg, the European commissioner for health, for environment ministers to take a decision on authorising a genetically modified strain ...

Feed ingredients play key role in ensuring EU food safety

Over recent years, a succession of major issues concerning food safety and quality have undoubtedly moulded public perception. In particular, the prod...

Africa needs to overcome obstacles to achieve its agricultural potential

Sub-Saharan Africa has unexploited reserves of land and water unmatched in other parts of the world, and as the region’s economy grows, there is huge ...

Dangerous nostrums for times of food insecurity

It seems astounding that a UN agency Unctad, devoted to promoting world trade and development, should be lambasting the success of agribusiness at a t...

Analysis: New packaging rules transform EU food labelling requirements

European food packaging is becoming more and more crowded with facts and figures about the food contents contained within.

CAP reform – the final hurdle

After more than 18 months of negotiations, an agreement was finally reached by EU governments and MEPs in June on the 2014-2020 CAP– or on most of it, at least.A last few rounds of talks are due next ...

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ABF sugar division suffering from lower prices and increased EU competition

Associated British Foods (ABF) said its sugar division has been “severely affected” this year by the decline in sugar prices and increased competition in Europe ahead of the abolition of EU quotas in ...

Updated CAP Monitor looks at the changes coming for 2014-2020

CAP Monitor is now fully revised and updated, offering a full section-by-section guide to the new CAP for 2014-2020

Clash on funding for EU agri-food promotion schemes

EU policy-makers are trying to finalise a revision of the EU’s policy on promoting agri-food products, but a clash on co-financing rates is threatening agreement, it has emerged.

New antibiotic resistance genes found in manure

Manure from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertiliser, has been found to contain a “surprising” number of newly identified antibiotic resistance (AR) genes, although it is not yet c...