Investment in agriculture, growth and jobs. What role for the CAP?

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In the EU, agriculture directly employs more than 10 million farmers. More than 77% of the Union’s territory is rural and home to half of its population. Overall, Europe’s agri-food industry accounts for 46 million jobs in 15 million businesses, accounting for 6% of the EU’s GDP.

However, agriculture is today facing many challenges, from an aging farm population, to need of investment, to the need to protect the environment. The Common Agricultural Policy has recently been reformed to respond to the current challenges. The CAP also aims at promoting economic growth and job creation in the agri-food sector.

EURACTIV held a high-level conference to discuss how investment in agriculture contributes to growth and jobs. Questions included:

  • How is the CAP promoting the maintenance and creation of jobs in the agri sector?
  • European farming needs investment, where is it going precisely? How does it boost growth?
  • What measures are being put in place to support young farmers? What do young farmers need?
  • How can innovation and modernisation in agriculture support rural development?
  • Where do we expect growth to come from?

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