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Improving the Resilience-enabling Capacity of the Common Agricultural Policy: Policy Recommendations for More Resilient EU Farming Systems

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

One of the aims of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is to improve the resilience of Europe’s farming systems. The CAP of the budget period 2014–2020, however, has insufficiently supported the resilience of farming systems. The ongoing CAP reform process offers anappropriate opportunity to integrate a broader perspective on resilience inthe CAP. We therefore propose a set of policy recommendations on how to improve the capability of the CAP to support more fully the resilience (i.e. robustness, adaptability and transformability) of farming systems inthe EU. The policy recommendations are based on a comparative analysisof six national co-design workshops with stakeholders and a final EU-levelworkshop with Brussels-based experts. We concluded three key lessons about the CAP’s influence on resilience: (1) resilience challenges, needs and policy effects are context-specific; (2) resilience capacities are complementary, but trade-offs between robustness, adaptability and transformability occur at the level of policies and due to budget competition; (3) there is a need for a coordinated long-term vision forEurope’s agriculture, which is difficult to achieve through the bargainingprocesses associated with a CAP reform. We propose specific policyrecommendations that could contribute to a better balance between policies that support robustness, adaptability and transformability of Europe’s farming systems.
Journal: EuroChoices
ISSN: 1478-0917
Issue: 2
Volume: 19
Pages: 63 - 71
Publication year:2020