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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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The CAP plays decisive role in the lives of European farmers

June 18, 2012

One out of five French farmers would stop farming if the CAP were eliminated. Such is the conclusion of an opinion survey conducted in 2009 by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), whose results have just been published1. The survey polled 295 French farmers to get their reactions on two different scenarios by 2019: Keeping the CAP in its current form or eliminating it from 2014 on.

The results are impressive. Close to 20 percent of farmers surveyed––one out of five farmers––would stop farming should the CAP were a thing of the past. In addition, thirteen percent of farmers indicated that they did not know what they would do, should such a scenario occur.

The elimination of the CAP would also imply significant structural changes for farmers opting to continue farming, since an increasing number would work outside the farm to seek additional revenues, and would use contract workers.

As stated in the conclusion of the study conducted by Laure La Truffe, Aurélie Dupuy and Yann Desjeux, “the results show the CAP crucial role on the life (or sometimes the survival) of farmers, and point out the importance of this policy on the job market in rural areas.”

Actually, the reforms undertaken since the 1990s prompted major adjustments for European farmers, by subjecting them to the high volatility of agricultural markets due to the gradual dismantling of support and regulation mechanisms within the CAP, and causing considerable economic difficulties for many of them.

While the G20 Summit calls for an increase in agricultural production and productivity, the European Union needs farmers more than ever to achieve its food security, is strategic independence and the socio-economic balance of its regions. Consequently, it is crucial to make a clean break from previous reforms. Because without competitive farmers, the European Union will not preserve a thriving agriculture sector to meet the food and environmental challenges of the upcoming years.

1 http://www6.rennes.inra.fr/smart/Working-Papers-Smart-Lereco

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