#eaAgriFood Twitter Chat: A fair deal for farmers?
A farmer’s life is not easy: hard work, long days rain or shine, and no guarantee the harvest will be good. Under the CAP, farmers received some income support through direct payments and other facilities aimed at bettering their living conditions. However, EU farm income is still significantly below the average income of other sectors.
Farmers are often considered the weak link in the food chain, with retailers taking the most value from purchasing goods. There have been attempts to remove these imbalances, through legislation like the Unfair Trade Practices (UTPs) framework.
The EU faces a continuing loss of its agricultural workforce. How can the CAP ensure a fair income for producers while maintaining the high quality of our agriculture? What does a fair deal for farmers look like?
Join us at 12:30pm CET to discuss these issues in a Twitter Chat. EURACTIV journalist Gerardo Fortuna will moderate the conversation online.
Our Twitter account @eaAgriFood will pose the following questions for participants to respond to via their own Twitter accounts:
Q1 Is financial support to farmers still important in today’s Europe?
Q2 Is the loss of our agricultural workforce due to low income or deterioration of farmers’ living conditions?
Q3 Is the new Unfair Trade Practices legislation enough to make the food chain fair?
Q4 Innovation and digitisation have reduced the workforce across sectors. Should we expect a similar trend in agriculture?
Q5 Do environmental challenges offer business opportunities to increase farmers’ revenues?
What is a Twitter chat, and how do you join?
A Twitter Chat is a discussion between Twitter users that get online at a pre-arranged date and time to discuss a specific topic using a designated #hashtag (for this chat it’s #eaAgriFood). The hashtag links the questions and answers in a virtual conversation.
As the host of the Twitter Chat, @eaAgriFood will post questions identified as Q1, Q2 and so on, to prompt answers from participants, which are identified as A1, A2 and so on. We will moderate the answers and ask follow up questions to participants.
The Twitter Chat will last about an hour. The best way to see the entire conversation is to search for the hashtag #eaAgriFood on twitter and switch to the "latest tweets" tab.
Find us on Twitter by searching for #eaAgriFood
@eaAgriFood - The Twitter account of EURACTIV's Agriculture and & Food Hub
12:30 Start of #eaAgriFood Twitter Chat
13:30 End of #eaAgriFood Twitter Chat
The times are in CET (Brussels time)