India and allied developing countries are seeking a permanent World Trade Organization (WTO) decision next month to allow them to exclude, from domestic subsidy calculations, price-supported stockholding food security programmes.

France reports first HPAI case for eight years

Bird flu outbreak in France France, one of the EU’s largest poultry producers, has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI) – its first for more than eight years.

MEPs approve 2016 EU budget - look to ‘MFF’ review

MEPs approve 2016 budget The European Parliament has formally adopted the EU’s 2016 spending plan, approving a compromise struck by Parliament and Council negotiators, with formal approval by national governments to follow.

More EU milk being produced, resulting in high SMP and butter volumes

Higher EU milk output has resulted in greater volumes of butter, skimmed milk powder (SMP) and condensed milk, the European Commission has shown.

Weak demand for EU TRQ sugar import licences persists

The EU awarded only 18,540 tonnes of sugar import licences for November 2015, down from 377,162t in October.

'Mercosur' could suffer most from slowing of Chinese agri-food imports

China flag skyscapers The slowdown in the Chinese economy and its effect on demand for agricultural commodities has serious implications for developing economy exports - in particular those in the ‘Mercosur’ region.

CAP simplification drive should focus more on P2 – Copa-Cogeca

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan must to a greater extent include the CAP’s Pillar Two (P2) – rural development – in his drive to simplify the b...

New global guidelines on pesticide management issued

New guidelines for correct implementation of parts of a UN code of conduct on pesticide management have been published by the UN Food and Agriculture ...

French, Italian CAP P2 approvals complete - two to go

All but two CAP Pillar 2 (P2) rural development programmes for 2014-2020 have now been approved by the European Commission, after the adoption of eigh...

Member states agree additional measures on Xylella fastidiosa

Member state experts have endorsed new measures to curb the spread of the plant bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which has decimated olive trees in south...

GMO policy: Calls for Commission to do away with 90 day rodent studies

The European Commission should do away with 90-day rodent feeding studies in the GMO risk assessment procedure, biotech industry representative Europa...

Analysis: Food security and climate change climb up the Paris agenda

With the Paris international climate change summit (COP21) due to start next week (November 30), the contribution of food production and farming to ha...

New global guidelines on food and agriculture ‘genetic resources’

The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) has published new guidelines for world governments on how to improve use and conservation of genetic resources for f...

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Analysis: French pig auction likely to reopen soon

The Breton pig auctioneer Marché du Porc Breton (MPB) could start to phase in a return to business soon, according to reports in the French press late last week.

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Commission adds to list of protected GI products

The European Commission has added to the list of protected ‘Geographical Indication’ (GI) products, registering a French product as well as a Spanish one under the CAP’s quality scheme.

Updated CAP Monitor looks at the changes coming for 2014-2020

CAP Monitor is now fully revised and updated, offering a full section-by-section guide to the new CAP for 2014-2020

EU weather conditions for winter crops have improved, says Commission

A lack of rains in central and eastern Europe and well-above average temperatures in many EU countries over the past few weeks is proving to be beneficial for the sowing and development of winter crop...

Insect firms slam short novel food application deadline

The umbrella organisation for companies producing insects for food and feed has lashed out at the two year deadline they will have for submitting applications for authorisation after the novel foods r...

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