How to secure agri-food supply chains post-Brexit and at what price?

Food chain organisation, processing and marketing of agricultural products, animal welfare and risk management represent 10.4% of rural development public expenditure in the EU.

Whether supporting participation in quality schemes, local markets, short supply chains, the organisation of producer groups and inter-branch organisations, rural development funds provide help for 945.000 agricultural holdings across the EU to promote and achieve a more efficient organisation of the food chain.

Stimulating shorter value chains and promoting the creation of local markets can bring tangible benefits for all – small farmers obtain new market orientation and get involved in cooperative activities, thus ensuring income. New forms of value chains can also be achieved by organising producer groups and inter-branch organisations and selling online.

Over several decades, European producers have established complex agri-food supply chains involving almost every country in the EU, including the UK. Due to the uncertainty of a Brexit deal, this supply chain is now under discussion.

EURACTIV organised a high-level Stakeholder Workshop to discuss the security of agri-food supply chains post-Brexit.

Questions included:

  • What would be the impact of a no-deal Brexit on EU agri-food supply chains?
  • What role can policy-makers play to ensure a secure agri-food supply chain within the EU and the UK?
  • How is Ireland, potentially the MS most affected, preparing?
  • New value chains – where are the best practice examples and where have EU funds been used wisely?
  • Do new forms of value chains – regional, local, online – present a fair return for farmers?
  • Does the family farm model have a future?
  • Are there “hidden” benefits of the CAP that enhance agriculture as a public good in the broader European context?

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