January 2010

Spanish Presidency Sets Out its Agricultural Priorities

IEEP, 25 JAN 2010

At the first Agriculture Council of the Spanish Presidency new Council President Spanish Minister Elena Espinosa outlined the Presidency priorities for agriculture over the next six months.

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UK Government Analysis of 2007/08 Agricultural Price Spikes Leads to Call for Further Trade Liberalisation

IEEP, 22 JAN 2010

A UK Government report analysing the price spikes for agricultural commodities in 2007/08, concludes that these were exacerbated by poorly performing markets. Authors argue for a further opening up of the international agricultural market and specifically, for the EU to “phase out agricultural subsidies such as Pillar 1 of the CAP" over market intervention protecting consumers.

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FAO Publishes Two New Reports

IEEP, 19 JAN 2010

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released two new papers entitled “Review of evidence on drylands pastoral systems and climate change: Implications and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation,” and “Organic Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration: Possibilities and constraints for the consideration of organic agriculture within carbon accounting systems.”

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