Covid-19 puts European agriculture under pressure (2/2)

The coronavirus epidemic and containment have had a huge impact on European agriculture. We offer a special program dedicated to this exceptional health crisis to better understand the challenges it poses to Europe and the CAP.

During the containment, the decline in international deliveries and the increased demand for large supermarkets prompted local producers to ensure that their shelves reach out.

We went to meet farmers, breeders, distributors and met European politicians to take a closer look at how agriculture played a key role during the crisis – and how it must evolve to meet the challenges of the future.

Our guests :

Damien Greffin, head of the FNSEA in Ile-de-France, the first French agricultural union

François-Xavier Bellamy, French Member, EPP

Ernest Urtasun, Spanish member, the group of the Greens

Our reports:

– In France, the containment has caused a serious labor shortage for the agricultural sector. The prefecture of Seine-et-Marne offered refugees from the department to help farmers. One way to support their integration and relieve farmers. A report by Karim Yahiaoui and Achraf Abid

– In Portugal, which has been affected by the exodus of the rural population for several years, the health crisis has highlighted the importance of the agricultural sector, one of the only ones to continue to produce when the rest of the economy is over. While unemployment is expected to rise massively, agriculture may well be a promising outlet. An article by Anaïs Guérard.

A program presented by Caroline de Camaret.

Produced by Mathilde Bénézet, Isabelle Romero, Perrine Desplats and Luke Brown

Filmed by Stéphane Bodenne and Johan Bodin

Manufactured with the participation of the European Union.