The general objective of the project is to assess the impact of the CAP-reform and other regulations and possible policy developments on organic farming. Specific objectives are:
- to analyse the existing CAP-regulations relevant to organic farming,
- to assess the impact of CAP-policies on the organic agriculture sector,
- to evaluate the contribution organic farming can make to EU policy goals,.
- to explain the very different adoption rates of organic farming within the EU and a few selected European countries that are currently not members of the EU,
- to develop and evaluate scenarios on a more widespread adoption of organic farming within the EU,
- to develop and evaluate options for EU policy with respect to organic farming
- to give input for decision support in this field to the EU.
In order to reach these objectives the project will consist of the following
tasks and major subtasks: .
Task 1: The policy and regulatory environment for organic farming in the European Union.
Task 2: Impact assessment of current policies and regulations on organic farming and it's contribution to policy objectives.
Task 3: Institutional factors influencing the variation in the rate of conversion to organic farming in Europe 1985-1996.
Task 4: Impact assessment of different levels of adoption of organic farming and policy options.
Subtask 4.1: Farm level case studies.
Subtask 4.2: Quantitative sector modelling.
Subtask 4.3: Scenario analysis.
Task 5: Policy implications and recommendations.
A systematic understanding of the policy and regulatory environment of agriculture as far as it is relevant to organic farming (Task 1) is the starting point for the whole project, specifically for the work to be carried out in Task 2. Task 3 broadens the view and seeks to explain both the development of organic farming before the recent reform came into effect and the institutional and other factors that influence the spatial and dynamical differing conversion rates beyond the policy influence. These tasks set the stage for Task 4 which aims at assessing the impact an increased adoption (at different levels) will have and on the consequences alternative policy options will have. Subtask 4.1 provides a very close-up look on selected farms in order to demonstrate likely adaptations of organic farms to a changed policy environment and to generate hypotheses for the more macro-oriented approaches, especially Subtask 4.2. This subtask will adapt and develop existing quantitative sector models in order to fulfil the objective of Task 4. Because of the inherent limitations of such a quantitative approach Subtask 4.3 uses the scenario analysis method to integrate and evaluate the results in a semi quantitative and qualitative fashion. Tasks 5 draws on all previous tasks in order to Provide conclusions and policy recommendations.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
SY23 3AL Aberystwyth