September 2009

BirdLife Summary of Deutsche Bank Food Security Event

ARIEL BRUNNER (BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL), 22 SEP 2009

BirdLife recently participated in a panel discussion at an event organised by Deutsche Bank on global food security. According to BirdLife's analysis the main issues relate to poverty alleviation, global social justice, and environmental sustainability, and have potential implications for the CAP.

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The Global Food Equation

DR. CLAIRE SCHAFFNIT-CHATTERJEE (DEUTSCHE BANK RESEARCH), 22 SEP 2009

Recent volatility in food prices and financial markets has had short-term impacts on food security but also made the long-term food-related challenges more obvious. In the report 'The Global Food Equation', Deutsche Bank Research examines these challenges and the development of their driving forces in a broader context.

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The Economic Unreason of Many Second Pillar Payments

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 SEP 2009

In this article, Valentin Zahrnt argues that the case for increasing expenditure on rural development schemes, as the Single Farm Payment is phased out, is far from clear. Indeed, some Axis 1 and 3 payments may even be worse in terms of economic and environmental impacts, whilst Axis 2 payments need to be targeted more effectively at the provision of environmental public goods.

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What Would Society Look Like if it Were Run Like the CAP?

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 SEP 2009

In this article, Valentin Zahrnt discusses the role of markets in the context of the CAP reform. The author suggests that although markets are often condemned for their volatility in times of economic crisis, one should not ignore their basic tenet: that state intervention has hidden costs for long-term growth which cannot be fully appreciated individually.

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