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D4.6: Policy brief with a critical analysis of how current policies constrain/enable resilient European agriculture and suggestions for improvements, including recommendations for the CAP post-2020 reform (final version)

Feindt, Peter H.; Termeer, Katrien; Candel, Jeroen; Buitenhuis, Yannick; Balmann, Alfons; Bardaji, Isabel; Léger, François; Lievens, Eewoud; Luca, Lucian; Manevska Tasevska, Gordana; Martikainen, Anna; Mathijs, Erik; Midmore, Peter; Peneva, Mariya; Severini, Simone; Soriano, Bárbara; Sorrentino, Alessandro; Voicilas, Dan-Marius; Zawalinska, Katarzyna


The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union is essential to enhance the resilience of Europe’s farming systems along three capacities: robustness, adaptability and transformability. The SURE-Farm project conducted the first systematic assessment how the CAP performs in this regard. The findings show that hitherto the CAP has been overly focused on supporting the robustness of an increasingly fragile status quo, with uneven effects, while neglecting adaptability and even constraining transformability. The future CAP needs to allow for a better balance with policy mixes that are tailored to regional needs, based on a shared long-term vision. This impliesreplacing direct payments with measures that specifically address resilience needs, e.g. points-based eco-schemes, agro-environmental programs, coordinated adaptation to shifting markets, ample support for cross-sectoral cooperation, innovation and advice to integrate production and provision of public goods, and participatory and integrative foresight to develop transformation pathways.

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Publisher: SURE-Farm

Authors' information

Feindt, Peter H.
Humboldt University of Berlin
Termeer, Katrien
Wageningen University
Candel, Jeroen
Wageningen University
Buitenhuis, Yannick
Wageningen University
Balmann, Alfons
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Bardaji, Isabel
Technical University of Madrid (UPM)
Léger, François
National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA)
Lievens, Eewoud
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
Luca, Lucian
University of National and World Economy
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Martikainen, Anna
Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
Mathijs, Erik
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Midmore, Peter
Aberystwyth University
Peneva, Mariya
University of National and World Economy
Severini, Simone
University of Tuscia
Soriano, Bárbara
No organisation
Sorrentino, Alessandro
University of Tuscia
Voicilas, Dan-Marius
Institute of Agricultural Economics
Zawalinska, Katarzyna
Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science

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