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Food and nutrition security

Wild meat consumption: new programme for sustainable hunting

Almost everywhere that wildlife is hunted for food, it is now being extracted at rates that exceed the rate of reproduction. Driven by increased trade and demand from rural and urban populations, many wildlife populations in forests and grasslands around the world are being depleted or have been driven to local extinction.

6th highest number of certified organic farmers - Tanzania’s organically grown success

Globally, the agriculture sector contributes roughly 24% of annual emissions of greenhouse gases*. However, by reducing demand for agrochemicals (the production of which requires high quantities of fossil fuels) organic agriculture takes less of a toll on the environment. The FAO lists this among seven environmental benefits of organic farming, which also include providing sustainability over time (to soil fertility and ecology), complementing the structure and composition of soils, not polluting groundwater sources, and promoting ecological services.

5th African Union-European Union Summit

Every three years, Heads of States and Governments from Africa and the EU meet to take stock of progress made in the implementation of commitments and to provide political guidance for future work. In 2017, the theme of the summit will be ‘investing in youth’.


The DEVCO Environment Week took place from 6-10 February 2017. Two back-to-back seminars were organised: from 6-8 February, ‘DEVCO Thematic Seminar on Environment - Implementing the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’; and from 9-10 February, ‘Conservation, development and security’ (co-organised with DG ENV and EEAS).