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Food security/Common Agricultural Policy

Published on June 19, 2013
Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Food Industry and Forestry

Paris, June 18, 2013

M. Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, the Food Industry and Forestry, set out at the FAO Conference three areas of action in France’s commitment to world food security:

- combating agricultural commodity price volatility, with the AMIS initiative, which allows us to get a better understanding of crops and reserves at global level and the establishment of prepositioned food reserves in the developing countries;

- battling food waste in every country of the world, both in terms of post-harvest losses in the agricultural sector and losses at distribution and consumer level;

- developing agro-ecology in France, Europe and the world, with the aim of doubling agriculture’s economic and environmental performance.

This proposed new way for tomorrow’s agriculture is based on the need to increase our production capacity by encouraging more sustainable and economical systems (water, energy, fertilizer, etc.) thanks to a better understanding and better use of the potential of the natural world and of ecosystems.

It will be at the heart of the debate organized by the FAO, France and Algeria on Wednesday 19 June, in parallel with the FAO Conference. This reflection session is an important step and raises a collective awareness of the challenges and strengths of agro-ecology as a solution for the future of our agriculture in the North and the South.

Stéphane Le Foll also met the Italian Agriculture Minister, Nunzia De Girolamo, to consolidate the joint Franco-Italian position on the CAP. The two ministers agreed to uphold the following priorities at the Council of Agriculture Ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg on 23 and 24 June:

- a 13% rate of coupled payments, increasing by 2% for vegetable proteins;

- a rate of convergence of aid that allows flexibility for the member states;

- the maintenance of a system to regulate vine planting rights from 2019 to 2030;

- the maintenance of sugar quotas until 2018, with contracts for refineries extended to six months.

The two ministers also recalled France and Italy’s common position in trade relations with China, based on transparency on aid to the wine sector, and reaffirmed their equanimity about the outcome of the proceedings./.

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