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Agricultural Policy / CAP

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Debating the Future of the CAP

The future rules of the Common Agricultural Policy (“CAP”) of the EU are under negotiation in Brussels. The CAP, by deciding how public subsidies are allocated, sets the rules of the game for agriculture in Europe. To date, these rules have favored the interests of big agricultural business at the expense of truly sustainable, biodiverse farming.

ARCHE NOAH is working in Brussels and Austria to acheive a fundamental reform of this important policy.

The Vision

As an association committed to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic diversity, but also much more, we believe that the CAP has failed to deliver on numerous points, whether environmental protection, public health, or social justice. That is why we were involved in the drafting of the “Good Food, Good Farming – Now!” civil society statement on the reform of European Agricultural Policies.

We indeed believe that the CAP needs substantial reform, since it continues to create and support a food and farming system that is not only unsustainable for biodiversity and agricultural ecosystems, but also for society. We do not think that tweaking certain agricultural practices through more “greening” will provide long-term solutions to the systemic issues that lie within European agricultural production and policy. Instead, the CAP needs to be rewritten from the ground up. Its foundations need to be stronger, and take into account the entire range of developments and realities that form European agriculture. It should truly support the diversified food production systems that represent existing, viable and resilient European rural communities.

ARCHE NOAH stands for a radically reshaped CAP that can truly achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and respond to the great challenges faced by Europe, such as climate change, migration, social cohesion and rural abandonment.

To learn more about our position on the Future of the CAP, click here. To see our latest letter to the European Commission on the need to have more ambitious policy objectives at EU level, click here.


The Reform Process

The Communication on the Future of Food and Farming

On 1 June 2018 the European Commission published its legislative proposals for the CAP in the period 2021-2017, including a so-called new delivery model. ARCHE NOAH is of the view that "payments-by-results" will only be effective there are specific, measurable, and time-limited goals for measuring performance. However, currently both the necessary indicators and baseline data are lacking to do this - so critical further preparatory work is needed.

We will be updating this page with our detailed proposals for the CAP reform in the interests of truly sustainable, biodiverse farming in Europe over the course of the year.