Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Links and resources

The following links provide helpful information on the current CAP proposals:

European Commission (the Horse’s Mouth): http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/cap-post-2013/index_en.htm

DEFRA (how UK sees it): http://www.defra.gov.uk/food-farm/farm-manage/cap-reform/

EBLEX Euro News site (how a levy board sees it): http://www.eblex.org.uk/news/euro.aspx

EBLEX CAP briefing: http://www.eblex.org.uk/documents/content/news/n_eu_cap-eblex141011.pdf

NFU notes (speaking up for farmers): http://www.nfuonline.com/our-work/economics/cap/

CLA notes (speaking up for landowners): httup://www.cla.org.uk/Policy_Work/CAP_Reform/

TFA notes (the tenant perspective – this link is to TFA general press releases): http://www.tfa.org.uk/news.aspxe

House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee (reviewing the Greening of the CAP): http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/news/cap-follow-up/

RICS comment (aimed at rural valuers, land agents and professional advisers): http://www.rics.org/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?downloadID=8033&fileID=10817

Jeremy Moody, National Adviser to CAAV (Agricultural Valuers) on youtube, speaking at Harper Adams: Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEsUOybTek8&noredirect=1ns

And Part Two, on CAP greening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tXHPTQwZvI

RSPB: Its farming blog contains reactions to the CAP proposals (a bird’s eye view): http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/farming/b/farming-blog/archive/2011/10/06/watch-this-space-cap-reform-proposals-are-on-their-way.aspx

Woodland Trust (the view from the trees): http://wtcampaigns.wordpress.com/category/policy/agriculture/

Professional analysis for RICS by Dr James Jones: http://rac.ac.uk/research-consultancy/research-publications/rics-cap-reform-briefing-papers-by-james-jones

Reform pressure group view (independent academics, researchers and NGO activists who firmly believe CAP needs fundamental reform): http://capreform.eu/

Sean Rickard, independent economist and former NFU Chief Economist, argues the need for radical reform to free progressive farming from the CAP’s shackles in this pamphlet, ‘Liberating farming from the CAP’, published by the Institue of Economic Affairs in February 2012.(Added March 2012)

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Birdlife International.  EEB is a a federation of over 140 environmental citizens’ organisations based in all 27 European Union’s Member States and this youtube video sets out their view on why we need a greener CAP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP5xah72YDI See also the EEB website: www.eeb.org, and their factsheet in support of the video: http://www.eeb.org/EEB/?LinkServID=B79ED8BF-D221-2696-3743329F2660DCFE

COPA-COGECA (European Farmers and Farm Cooperatives federation) reaction to CAP 2013 proposals.  A pan-European response from farming organisations: http://www.copa-cogeca.be/img/user/file/7142_PAC_E.pdf

Concord Europe (a European Federation of NGOs – Non Government Organisations – for Relief and Development) joint statement with several other civil society organisations and interest groups: http://www.concordeurope.org/Files/media/0_internetdocumentsENG/5_Press/Position-studies/2011_03_07–Statement-on-CAP_-CONCORD_Via-Campesina.pdf

UK Parliament debate on CAP Reform, 8 March 2012: http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2012/march/mps-debate-common-agricultural-policy/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogminster2010+%28Blogminster+-+MP+news+and+blogs+from+around+Westminster%29 includes a video of the debate and the Hansard report at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120308/halltext/120308h0001.htm#12030884000001

OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) view: http://www.oecd.org/document/23/0,3746,en_2649_37401_48761687_1_1_1_37401,00.html.  Basically: “High commodity prices have made European farmers much less dependent on income support, offering cash-strapped governments a unique opportunity to reform the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to a new OECD report.”

Two useful Twitter hashtags: #CAP and #CAPReform.

Happy Reading.  Please do suggest other good sites which should be added to this list.

[Last updated 16 March 2012]

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