The European Business Council for Africa

Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022, 15:00 CET

In a partnership between Euractiv and the European Landozners' Association, this online conference will discuss 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


Please register here.