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Coronavirus crisis: Reshaping Europe’s farming sector (part 1)

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The coronavirus crisis has shaken Europe at every level - including the farm sector. This special show takes a look at how European farmers have played a key role in providing food for citizens across the EU during lockdown - but also how European agriculture is facing serious challenges posed by Covid-19.


What impact will Covid-19 have on Europe’s farmers?

Already, we’ve seen enforced constraints change consumer habits, as shoppers and suppliers are forced to choose more local produce. And while farmers have met the growing demand from a locked-down population, they have had to deal with the sudden loss of mobile casual labour from around Europe.

Amid the crisis Europe’s farmers have demonstrated their 'essential' value, re-emerging from the background as citizens recognise the need to get food.

Our reporters Julie Dungelhoeff and Alix Le Bourdon take a closer look at how the crisis is affecting Europe’s farmers.

Presented by Clovis Casali

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

Filmed by Stéphane Bodenne and Johan Bodin.


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This publication reflects solely the work of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use made of the information contained therein. 

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