December 2008

WWF-France European Conference on Sustainable Agriculture: A Place for Discussion About the Future of the CAP

AMANDINE DESETABLES, WWF FRANCE, 22 DEC 2008

On October 14th 2008, WWF-France and FNCIVAM (a network of French sustainable farmers) staged a conference on sustainable agriculture in Europe. While the Health Check of the CAP was laying the foundation of its future reform, the conference aimed to raise the issue of sustainable agriculture in Europe and in the world, and to consider environmental issues in the 2013 CAP reform.

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The Potential of Land-linked Quotas

XAVIER POUX, 17 DEC 2008

At a time when dairy quotas are being phased out, the intellectual space opened by CAP 2020 allows us to think about the CAP in a ‘politically incorrect’ way. Against the dominant stream of thinking, we propose that quotas offer a potentially useful and powerful tool to deal with most of the challenges faced by the CAP.

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Enhancing the Rural Development Value of Agri-Environmental Measures

PILLE KOORBERG AND MARK REDMAN, 09 DEC 2008

The Agricultural Research Centre and the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, in cooperation with three Finnish partners, organised an international conference entitled ‘Using Evaluation to Enhance the Rural Development Value of Agri-environmental Measures’ in Pärnu, Estonia, in June 2008. The aim of the conference was to bring together a range of stakeholders with an active interest in making more efficient and effective use of evaluation within the rural development policy-making cycle, notably regarding the evaluation of agri-environment measures.

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EU Farmers’ Pyrrhic Victory: Why Winning the Health Check Battle May Mean Losing the Budget Reform War

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 DEC 2008

Use the energy of your opponent to your own advantage. That is the beginners’ lesson in martial arts. But farm interests dug in their heels in the recent negotiations over reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and resisted pressures for change as hard as they could.

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