Sustainable development goals

What we do

SDGs and farming

The majority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to provide a comprehensive approach to developing a low-carbon economy and are related to agriculture and forestry in a number of ways. While agriculture can contribute directly or indirectly to all of the SDGs, 13 of them are acknowledged as being closely linked to agriculture and therefore to European farmers and their cooperatives.

What we believe

Partnering in the green economy

The European farming system is considered globally to be one of the most sustainable and efficient forms of agriculture. Having been the leader of green revolutions in the past, we believe that European farmers and agri-cooperatives are both able and eager to retain their role as first producers of food, guarantors of food security and indispensable partners in the sequestration of carbon in the green economy.

What we call for

Recognising farmers’ efforts

The CAP does not only contribute to SDG 2 on zero hunger, as mentioned in the European Commission’s reflection paper “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030”. We need to make sure that the efforts made by the European farming sector are fully recognised in future policies relating to all three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. In the future, Europe must ensure that farmers and agri-cooperatives can take full advantage of both traditional and new innovative production methods. It must propose solutions that are adapted to local conditions.