Recognising farmers’ efforts
Commission’s reflection paper “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030”. We need to make sure that the efforts made by the European farming sector are fully recognised in future policies relating to all three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.
It is of vital importance that policy makers take into account the key role of agriculture in the fight against climate change, and that they bolster farmers’ position throughout food value chains. This ultimately means recognising farmers’ role in providing global food security and in achieving the SDGs.
In the future, Europe must ensure that farmers and agri-cooperatives can take full advantage of both traditional and new innovative production methods. It must propose solutions that are adapted to local conditions. Innovation, while being an explicit focus of SDG 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation), will also play a key role in achieving SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). Technological innovation together with innovative business models in agriculture can be the main driver of change in order to ultimately reach all of the Sustainable Development Goals.