Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals through innovation in the Agri-Food chain

29 November 2018. The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) held an event in the European Parliament this week to look at the contribution of the agri-food chain to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hosted by MEP Eva Kaili, the event brought together representatives of the FAO, KeyGene, an SME active in the field of plant breeding innovation, the Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), and CEMA, the European Agriculture Machinery Association to showcase sustainability best practices, and to discuss how the EU can support and stimulate continuous innovation in the sector. Jean-Philippe Azoulay, Director General of the European Crop Protection Association, and current Chair of the AFCC said: “The SDGs are an ambitious set of goals, and the entire agri-food chain is committed to working towards their achievement.  The key to this is a political and regulatory environment which encourages and stimulates innovation.  It’s important to remember that the SDGs are global in nature, and we in Europe should play a central role in the drive to ensuring that they are met.  The agri-food chain is ready to play its part.”

Read the full press release here, and download the new publication: How innovation contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, featuring sustainable case studies from across the EU below.

About the AFCC
The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) is a joint initiative representing 12 leading industry associations across the agri-food chain, united in their call for sustainable, solution-orientated and innovative policies that benefit the EU and beyond. Members represent agricultural input industries such as suppliers of machinery, seeds, fertilizers, crop protection, animal medicines, feed and biotechnology-based products, the agricultural trade, European farmers and their cooperatives. Together, these industries account for about 30 million jobs and 3.5% of the EU's gross value added, while providing the European population with safe and high quality food.

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