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Final Report - CAP-IRE (Assessing the multiple impacts of the Common Agricultural Policies (CAP) on rural economies)

Project ID: 216672
Funded under: FP7-SSH


This is the final Report of CAP-IRE funded under the European Commission (EC)'s Seventh Framework Program (FP7). The EU dedicates about EUR 44 billion per year on its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The objective of CAP-IRE is to develop concepts and tools to support future CAP design via providing an overview of the inter-linkages between the different components of the CAP and the mechanisms through which they have an effect on rural economies.

The CAP-IRE results show that European rural regions are very heterogeneous in terms of their social features and sustainability. A growing heterogeneity of farms (in terms of size, organisation, and technology) and farm households can also be observed in each of the regions studied. Accordingly, social and business networks are changing in rural areas and farms and households are progressively disconnecting from each other. The CAP still provides income support and affects the production choices of individual farm households, and, in doing so, also helps maintain crop diversity.

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