Copa-Cogeca underlines role of family farms and agri-cooperatives in alleviating hunger and poverty

Celebrating World Food Day, Copa-Cogeca highlighted the vital role of family farmers and agri-cooperatives in alleviating hunger and poverty across the world and tackling malnutrition, and outlined ways to ensure they have a viable future.

In the UN International Year of Family Farms, Mr Pesonen pointed out that the EU agriculture sector, which employs almost 26 million people many of which are family farms handed down for generations, is crucial and will play an increasingly important role in the future, with world food demand set to rise by 60% by 2050.

But family farms and agri-cooperatives are confronted with increasing challenges like high input costs, climate change and an increasing risk of extreme weather events, obstacles to trade.

“On top of this, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is overly bureaucratic, creating unnecessary burdens on farmers and agri-cooperatives and stifling investments and competitiveness in the sector”, he warned.

“Already we need to start working on the next CAP for 2020, and find new innovative measures to boost our competitivity. We need to see how red tape can be cut and the CAP simplified. Investment in the sector needs to be boosted and research and development increased. Farmers also need to be given proper training and education”, he said.

In the wake of growing world food demand, expected to rise by 60% by 2050, an innovative and profitable EU agriculture sector is more important than ever.

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