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Media Partnership: The unintended impact of European sustainability standards on global food systems


Media Partnership: The unintended impact of European sustainability standards on global food systems


Food systems are directly related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is often an assumption that EU standards only affect European farmers, but the Green Deal architecture will have a significant human impact on rural activities around the globe. Latin America, Africa and India among others, will have to adapt and integrate this shift in the paradigm of sustainability within their own food systems. Therefore, new sustainability standards will most probably affect the EU-third countries trade relations.

The conference will explore how the EU Green Deal and its environmental standards will directly and indirectly affect the international food sector and livelihoods of farmers in vulnerable rural areas of export nations.

Prof. Alan Matthews will present his conclusions in a paper that will be launched on the occasion. His research will focus on the possible unintended consequences for EU policy goals such as its policy coherence for development, migration and security objectives of sustainability standards related to agri-food elements of the European Green Deal. The paper will be made available to registered participants on a date prior to the conference.

The event will further focus on 2 main topics during 2 rounds of discussion – one on coffee and cocoa beans and one on pulses, dry fruits and nuts.

ORGANISED BY: European Landowners' Organization





Jurgen Tack, Scientific Director, ELO
Prof. Alan Matthews, Paper Researcher, Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy, Trinity College Dublin
Carla Montesi, Director for Green Deal and Digital Agenda, DG INTPA, European Commission

Panel one: Coffee and Cocoa Beans
Paolo De Castro MEP, Member AGRI & INTA Committees, European Parliament
Rodrigo C A Lima, Partner-Director of Agroicone, Brazil
Dr. Rathana Peou Norbert Munns, Climate Foresight and Scenarios Development Expert, FAO

Panel Two: Dry Fruits, Nuts, Pulses
Anna Boulova, Secretary General, FRUCOM
Lynn Fortin, Agriculture Counsellor, Canadian Mission to the EU
Okisegere Ojepat, CEO, Fresh Produce Consortium, Kenya


Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV


15:00 - 17:15 CET

-Welcome words: Jurgen Tack, ELO
-Paper researcher: Prof. Alan Matthews, Trinity College Dublin
-EU point of view

Coffee and Cocoa Beans

Dry Fruits, Nuts, Pulses


Tamara Novel