Agricultural Policy: the Need for Reform
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is criticized by pro-free trade liberals and supporters of developing countries’ farmers, as much for its agricultural productivism as for absorbing an excessive share of the EU budget. Its advocates are often presented as backward-looking supporters of corporatist interests and declining sectors. However, although no one today questions the need for radical reforms, the situation is quite complex and not as clear-cut as is often claimed. Agricultural policies have proved their efficiency, even if pernicious effects began to appear (and to be corrected). It is usually suggested that the market is the only way out of the current difficulties; this does not provide a satisfactory answer, however, and provides hardly any solution for the problems of agriculture in developing countries.
KeywordsFree Trade Agricultural Policy Common Agricultural Policy Radical Reform Rural Development Programme
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