For reaching the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger (SDG2) in Africa through joint efforts, the EU must address the challenges of nutrition and food security by boosting a safe and sustainable agri-food system globally. In line with SDG 2, this involves supporting small-scale farmers and equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.
The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy together with its New EU-Africa Strategy, aim to promote the Global Transition towards a robust and resilient food system to ensure the access of affordable and safe food for everyone while protecting natural resources and combating climate change. With the right incentives, a shift towards a sustainable agri-food system is also expected to provide the necessary social and economic benefits. Through cooperation with African governments, stakeholders and other partners, the EU aims to ensure a successful global transition with internationally agreed standards for safe and sustainable agri-food products.
In view of the 6th EU-Africa Summit, this event will explore the African perspective on what measures are needed for the global transition towards sustainable food systems. Given the current negotiations on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) as well as on a post-Cotonou Agreement, what role is there for trade to play to support these ambitions while ensuring the survival and competitiveness of farmers on both sides of the Mediterranean?