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Policy support for organic farming in the European Union – past achievements and future challenges

Lampkin, Nicolas (2023) Policy support for organic farming in the European Union – past achievements and future challenges. Paper at: 97th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 27-29 March 2023.

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Organic farming has been supported in almost all EU Member States since the early 1990s by means
of an EU-wide legal definition, agri-environmental conversion and maintenance payments, rural
development marketing and processing grants, promotion funding, public procurement and research
and information initiatives. Often the support has been combined in organic action plans, designed to
integrate supply push and demand-pull measures. The latest CAP round (2023-2027) has delegated
responsibility for setting organic farming policy to Member States, but with an EU Farm to Fork
Strategy target of 25% of agricultural land area to be managed organically by 2030, and an expectation
that Member States will implement policies and action plans for organic farming to help deliver this.
This paper charts the development of organic farming in the EU since the 1990s, the motivations for
policy support, and the types and levels of support implemented in the 2010-2020 period. It analyses
how Member State plans for policy in the next five years compare with previous periods and whether
they are able to meet the challenge of the 25% target.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Agri-environment policy, rural development policy, organic farming policy, European Union, Common Agricultural Policy, Farm to Fork Strategy
Agrovoc keywords:
agricultural policies
organic farming -> organic agriculture
rural development
environmental policies
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Farming Systems
Food systems
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > European Union
Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon Europe > OrganicTargets4EU
Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Farm Economics - BW
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:101060368
Related Links:https://www.organictargets.eu/, https://www.thuenen.de/en/institutes/farm-economics/projects/organictargets4eu-szenarien-zur-ausweitung-des-oekolandbaus-in-der-eu
Deposited By: Lampkin, Dr Nicolas
ID Code:46036
Deposited On:03 May 2023 12:48
Last Modified:03 May 2023 12:48
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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