Dacian Cioloş on the G20 meeting in Paris
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş welcomed the unanimous support of G20 members to the action plan on food price volatility and agriculture yesterday in Paris.
"This is an important step in our objective to give more visibility and predictability to farmers all over the world. In the context of growing demand and climate change we need to invest more in agriculture at a global level to tackle price volatility. This is crucial to increase food availability for all. The European Commission welcomes the launch of the AMIS project (agricultural market information system) will show its commitment to increasing the transparency of markets by publishing, as from October, short-term forecasts for the main agricultural products. We will strengthen our cooperation with developing countries especially with the African Union, with which we have already launched projects to increase production capacities, enhance producer organisation and quality. The European Commission will also increase by 50% its investment in research in agriculture for developing countries. On export restrictions, I welcome the commitment of G20 ministers to guarantee that World Food Programme will not be affected by these restrictions, but call for strengthening international rules on this issue. Finally, as set out in last year's Communication on the Common Agricultural Policy towards 2020, mitigation and adaptation to climate change will be a key priority for the European Union's future agricultural policy."