D4.5: Policy recommendations for strengthening the Common Agricultural Policy’s resilience impacts

J.J.L. Candel, Peter H. Feindt, C.J.A.M. Termeer, Erik Mathijs, Y. Buitenhuis, Mertijn Moeyersons, E. Lievens, J. Black, J. Urquhart, M. Vigani, A. Martikainen, K. Zawalińska, P. Gradziuk, Błażej Jendrzejewski , M. Drygas, B. Soriano, I. Bardaji,, A. Garrido, Daniele Bertolozzi, Alessandro SorrentinoB. Pancino, S. Severini

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In its Communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020, the European Commission (2017) declared their ambition to foster a ‘resilient agricultural sector’. Work package 4 of the SURE-Farm project has the double aim of assessing how the current CAP and adjacent policies perform in enabling European farming systems’ resilience – distinguishing between the resilience capacities of robustness, adaptability and transformability (Meuwissen et al., 2019) – and of formulating recommendations for improved policy outcomes. Previous tasks in this work package involved an expert assessment of the CAP’s enabling and constraining effects (Feindt et al., 2019), as well as a bottom-up analysis of how farming system actors experience the influence of multilevel policy configurations on their resilience.

The study presented in this report builds on these previous analyses by identifying various promising options for the CAP, including national implementations, to maximise its contribution to greater resilience of EU farming systems. These options serve as input for ongoing political debates on the reform of the CAP post-2020, the development of the proposed National Strategic Plans that spell out national priorities and implementation choices, as well as the European Commission’s “From Farm to Fork Strategy”, which aims to foster a circular food system, as part of the European Green Deal. For the UK case study (see below), we reflect on promising courses of action for post-Brexit agricultural policy.

In order to develop viable policy pathways, the study draws on various co-creation methods, through which SURE-Farm researchers engaged with a broad range of stakeholders. The core of the research consists of six national stakeholder workshops – in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Spain, Poland, and Italy – as well as a final workshop with EU stakeholders in Brussels. These
workshops were complemented by an online deliberation exercise conducted on SURE-Farm’s cocreation platforms and a concise review of promising resilience-enabling policies in the six countries.

The report proceeds as follows: after a more detailed discussion of the methods used in this study, section 3 presents the main findings of the four research activities. The report ends by recommending various policy directions that emerged from the analysis as offering the most potential for improving the CAP’s impact on the robustness, adaptability, and/or transformability of Europe’s farming systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020

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