The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and rural development are crucial to shaping farming, food production and the rural economy. To meet the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, soil and water degradation and sustainable development we need to adopt a more holistic approach to the way we approach food and farming.
CAP Reform post-2013
The IFOAM EU Group firmly believes that the current CAP needs a fundamental reform. CAP reform must respond proactively to the current environmental challenges we face, ensure the future supply of high-quality food through sustainable resource use and play a decisive role in realising equitable socio-economic development across rural communities.
The current cycle of the CAP is due to end in 2013. Discussions are now under way to reform the policy for the period 2014 to 2020.
Our CAP blog
- 2011: European Commission's legislative proposals published.
- 2012: Co-decision procedure by European Parliament and Council of Agricultural Ministers.
- 2013: Implementation of new legislation in member states.
- 2014: New CAP comes into force.
CAP factsheets - Organic Approaches to Rural Development Policy
IFOAM EU Group, December 2012
CAP Reform Proposals Discussion in the European Council
IFOAM EU Group et al., Jun 2012
Crop Rotation: Benefiting farmers, the environment and the economy
IFOAM EU Group et al., Jul 2012
| ||Reaction to Legislative Proposals |
IFOAM EU Group, Jan 2012
| ||CAP post-2013|
IFOAM EU Group, May 2010
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ARC 2020 Communication
ARC 2020, Nov, 2010
Other Languages [fr] [de] [es] [it]
Proposal for a new EU CAP
IFOAM EU Group et al., Mar 2010
Organic farming and sustainability
IFOAM EU Group, 2010
Support payments in the EU
Gerald Schwarz et al., 2010
|Long-term development of CAP|
IFOAM EU Group, 2009
Other Languages [fr] [de]
|Rural development programmes|
IFOAM EU Group, 2009
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Past Postion Papers
| ||Towards a sustainable CAP|
IFOAM EU Group, Dec 2009
|Sustainable agricultural policy |
IFOAM EU Group, Apr 2002