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Semi-subsistence Farming - Value and Directions of Development

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This study discusses current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) measures and reform proposals for the post-2013 period with respect to EU semi-subsistence farms (SSFs). Based on country case studies and interview evidence, the study assesses the values of SSFs for rural areas and the obstacles they face in using Pillar 1 and 2 measures. It concludes that the fundamental issue of income support to semi-subsistence producers is inadequately addressed by any set of CAP instruments, and puts forward a set of recommendations for strengthening the CAP approach, especially via Pillar 2, for SSFs.

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Author(s): Davidova S, Bailey A, Dwyer J, Erjavec E, Gorton M, Thomson K

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Directorate-General For Internal Policies

Year: 2013

Print publication date: 01/04/2013

Source Publication Date: 01-04-2013

Report Number: IP/B/AGRI/IC/2012-65

Institution: European Parliament

Place Published: Brussels, Belgium