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Federation of Swedish Farmers Release CAP Vision

THOMAS BERTILSSON, 25 NOV 2009

The Federation of Swedish Farmers publish their position on the future of the CAP

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Territorial Distribution of CAP Payments in the Netherlands and Present and Future Environmental Policy Targets

ANNE VAN DOORN, 16 NOV 2009

Alterra publish report on the territorial distribution of CAP payments in the Netherlands and present and future policy targets.

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Organic Farmin in Brazil - Participatory Certification and Local Markets for Sustainable Agricultural Development

ANNELI NORDLING, 12 NOV 2009

New report published on organic food production in southern Brazil.

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Ecological in Ethiopia

ANNELI NORDLING, 11 NOV 2009

New report presents a project in agriculture in Tigray, northern Ethiopia.

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CAP 2013+ Conference

PAC2013, 11 NOV 2009

Taking into account the new demands the sector has to meet in today’s competitive and globalised world, and the imminent debate regarding the financial outlook for 2014-2020, within a possibly restrictive budget scenario, the time has come to discuss the future Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2013.

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Long-Term Challenges Facing European Agriculture: The Need for New Public and Private Policies

PIERRE BOULANGER AND PATRICK MESSERLIN, 20 OCT 2009

This policy brief argues that European Agriculture will face significant challenges over the coming decades. Issues like the effects of climate change, the management of natural resources, and the constant battle to keep our food safe are altering the debate significantly. A broad vision will be needed to incorporate these different challenges into the Common Agricultural Policy and match them up with the most appropriate policies.

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CAP and Trade

HåKON BY, IEEP, 19 OCT 2009

Current WTO agreements offer the EU some ability to intervene in agricultural markets and subsidise exports without running foul of the trade rules. Should the WTO’s Doha-round of negotiations, now it its eighth year, be concluded, however, the EU’s ability to intervene may be significantly reduced.

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Climate Change: Impact on Agriculture and Costs of Adaptation

GERALD NELSON (INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE), 02 OCT 2009

This Food Policy Report presents research results that quantify the impacts of climate-change, assesses the consequences for food security, and estimates the investments that would offset the negative consequences for human well-being.

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BirdLife Summary of Deutsche Bank Food Security Event

ARIEL BRUNNER (BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL), 22 SEP 2009

BirdLife recently participated in a panel discussion at an event organised by Deutsche Bank on global food security. According to BirdLife's analysis the main issues relate to poverty alleviation, global social justice, and environmental sustainability, and have potential implications for the CAP.

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The Global Food Equation

DR. CLAIRE SCHAFFNIT-CHATTERJEE (DEUTSCHE BANK RESEARCH), 22 SEP 2009

Recent volatility in food prices and financial markets has had short-term impacts on food security but also made the long-term food-related challenges more obvious. In the report 'The Global Food Equation', Deutsche Bank Research examines these challenges and the development of their driving forces in a broader context.

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The Economic Unreason of Many Second Pillar Payments

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 SEP 2009

In this article, Valentin Zahrnt argues that the case for increasing expenditure on rural development schemes, as the Single Farm Payment is phased out, is far from clear. Indeed, some Axis 1 and 3 payments may even be worse in terms of economic and environmental impacts, whilst Axis 2 payments need to be targeted more effectively at the provision of environmental public goods.

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What Would Society Look Like if it Were Run Like the CAP?

VALENTIN ZAHRNT, 02 SEP 2009

In this article, Valentin Zahrnt discusses the role of markets in the context of the CAP reform. The author suggests that although markets are often condemned for their volatility in times of economic crisis, one should not ignore their basic tenet: that state intervention has hidden costs for long-term growth which cannot be fully appreciated individually.

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Dairy - the most pressing ‘new challenge’? The situation in Finland

IRINA HERZON, 15 JUL 2009

As Member States prepare to submit revised Rural Development Programmes to take account of the Health Check 'new challenges', Finland is developing a grazing measure as part of its strategy to support the dairy sector.

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Organic Perspectives on CAP Reform

LUTZ RIBBE, 10 JUL 2009

A new paper on reform of the CAP from the the perspective of the organic movement has been published. The report questions the legitimacy of current Pillar 1 expenditure and suggests that a 'European agrarian model' is needed which draws on the principles of organic agriculture.

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Implications of the LFA Review for Finland

IRINA HERZON, 01 JUL 2009

The Commission's recent Communication on 'intermediate' Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) is intended to increase targeting of payments. This article assesses the implications of the review for Finland, and makes the case for introducing eligibility criteria intended to exclude more intensive farming systems from the aid.

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