NFU backs G8 common declaration on food security and climate change

The NFU has backed international calls for the world's politicians to ensure growing and agriculture are used to tackle problems of food security and climate change.

NFU deputy president Meurig Raymond joined the chorus from farmers' leaders of the seven other member countries of the G8 calling for action.

The "common declaration", signed last week by all G8 members, insisted short- and long-term policies were crucial to stimulate investment in agriculture.

"Improving productivity and competitiveness will need to be central, and we need to investigate how best to balance power in the supply chain," said the NFU.

The declaration called for action on climate change and for governments to promote renewable energy use on farms as part of a "sustainable global economy".

Raymond said of the event run by Italian counterpart Coldiretti that the declaration would be presented in July.

"We are all aware of the inevitable growth in demand from a rising world population. Farmers will have to meet this at a time when climate change puts constraints on land use.

"To do this we need to see much more and coordinated investment in science and technology and the means to transfer this to farmers.

"While many farmers are nervous about the effects of market volatility, uncertainty and financial speculation, a market operating fairly should remain the cornerstone of future policy," he said.

Members of the G8 are the UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan.


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