Copa-Cogeca: Boost Agricultural Productivity to Ensure Food Security23 March 2012
EU - Copa-Cogeca highlighted the important role of the EU farm sector in ensuring secure food supplies and sustainable management of water, yesterday for world water day.
Faced with rising food demand and limited resources of land and water worldwide, it is crucial to foster agricultural productivity at the same time as reducing the impact on water supplies and quality.
Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen welcomed the theme of this year’s world water day which focuses on water and food security. He stated: “Achieving food security and stability in a sustainable way will be a major global challenge over the coming years. We are being confronted with more and more constraints like declining resources of productive land and fresh water as well as climate change which are threatening food supplies. It will become more important than ever to increase productivity. Copa-Cogeca is commited to optimising agricultural productivity at the same time as improving resource efficiency and in particular water efficiency. This in line with our views on encouraging green growth in agriculture.
"Copa-Cogeca insists that if farmers around the world obtain a better return for their produce and are encouraged to produce sustainably, with the stability to invest in improved technologies this will be the best way to reduce hunger, ensure food in sufficient quantities and quality in the future. This should be accompanied by support for farmers to enhance their know-how.
Mr Pesonen continued: "EU agriculture must play its part in contributing to world food security, with Europe being in a privileged situation for its agro-climatic conditions and water availability. We therefore believe that the EU Commissions proposal to take agricultural land out of production and to impose further mandatory environmental constraints on farmers fails to achieve this and will actually reduce EU farmers’ ability to develop productive capacity at the same time as improving resource efficiency and in particular water efficiency. A strong Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the future is consequently vital."
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