On the 21st and 22nd October 2010 the FACTOR MARKETS Project will organise its Kick-off meeting bringing together the team members of the consortium to present the project objectives and to have an exchange of views and debate about the different elements related to the framework of the project and work-package structure.
A workshop on land market issues was organised in Rennes, France, by the INRA team of the Factor Markets Project on 23-24 May 2011. The 1,5 day workshop included presentations by external persons to the project (Karen Macours, from Paris School of Economics, on social matching in the tenancy market in the Dominican Republic; and Jean Cavailhes of INRA Dijon on urban influence on agricultural land prices in France), and by members of the FM project working on the Land Market workpackages. Presentations by members of the FM project related to current or past work on land market issues outside the FM project, and to advances in deliverables due in the FM project. The objective of the workshop was to share ideas on the topic of land market functioning and on agricultural land prices and its determinants, and to provde suggestions in carrying out the respective deliverables.
So far, most of the debate on the 2013 CAP reform has focused on the question of how much budget should be allocated to agricultural policy in the EU after 2013 and how this budget/support is to be used, i.e. whether the current system of “single farm payments” with cross-compliance requirements is to be continued, changed, or abolished. During this seminar, we take a very different perspective. Since it is increasingly clear that government support is not effective in keeping farmers’ income at a sufficient level to maintain agricultural employment steady, the seminar will focus on which farming activities are likely to be successful in the economy of the 21st century. A potential growth path for European agriculture is the “experience economy” where consumers are ready to pay premium prices for various experience-aspects, in addition to the commodity and service contributions. During the seminar, presentations will illustrate the growth potential of the “experience economy” in the agricultural sector by recent successes - such as the rapid growth in the sales of fair trade and organic products - and discuss the role that the 2013 CAP reform can play in stimulating the development of this type of farming activities.
The OECD will present its latest evaluation of EU agricultural policy during a Seminar in Brussels, on 5 October 2011, from 10:00 a.m.
The OECD Evaluation of Agricultural Policy Reforms in the European Union includes an overview of recent and longer term developments in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), covering both the level and composition of support. The report also analyses the impact that successive reforms have had at the aggregate and farm levels. It provides an evaluation of achievements and suggests areas for further reform.
The report will be available on the OECD’s password-protected website from 10 a.m. on Wednesday 5 October for immediate release.
OECD Evaluation of Agricultural Policy Reforms in the European Union will be presented during the CEPS Seminar, by:
- Ken Ash, head of the OECD Trade and Agriculture directorate;
- Frank van Tongeren, head of the OECD’s policies in trade and agriculture division; and
- Catherine Moreddu, OECD senior agricultural policy analyst.
Chairman: Johan Swinnen, Senior Research Fellow CEPS & Director LICOS, KULeuven
The seminar will take place in English, at CEPS Headquarters (1 Place du Congrès).
To register for the OECD briefing, journalists should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the OECD briefing, journalists can contact Lawrence Speer (Lawrence.Speer@oecd.org, tel.: +33 1 4524 7970) or the OECD Media Division (email@example.com, tel.: +33 1 4524 9700).
Requests to receive OECD Evaluation of Agricultural Policy Reforms in the European Union under embargo, by e-mail ahead of release time, or to obtain a password to access the website, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.
On October 18-19, 2011, the University of Milan (UMIL) will host the first Factor Markets Workshop at its Villa 'Palazzo Feltrinelli' to assess work progress and to elaborate on the methodology.
1st Brussels High-Level Lecture on Food Security and Development
21 November 2011 @ The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren
DR. SHENGGEN FAN, Director General of IFPRI (The International Food Policy Research Institute), on "The State of Food Security in the World".
DR. DACIAN CIOLOS, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on "The European Union's Role in Securing Global Food Security"
DR. GUIDO GRYSEELS, Director of The Royal Museum for Central Africa
DR. JOHAN SWINNEN, Senior Research Fellow CEPS and Director LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance
09.30 – 10.00 : Welcome & Registration
10.00 – 10.30 : Welcome Word & Introductions
10.30 – 11.30 : DR. SHENGGEN FAN
11.30 – 12.30 : EU COMMISSIONER DACIAN CIOLOS
12.30 – 12.45 : Q&A
The Royal Museum for Central Africa
CEPS The Centre for European Policy Studies
LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, University of Leuven
Participation is free of charge – Registration is mandatory, early registration is recommended as seats are limited – Lunch will be served after the Lecture
The European Commission has recently unveiled legislative proposals for the bloc's post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy, which are now being reviewed and discussed by the European Parliament and national governments. While the proposals will play a significant role in shaping the future direction of European farming, they will also affect the achievement of public policy objectives at both the domestic and international level: these include environmental protection, trade policy and the impact on developing countries. This event will be an opportunity for participants from a range of backgrounds to share their views, and discuss how various policy options could affect the achievement of common goals in this area.
Tassos Haniotis, Director for economic analysis, perspectives and evaluations, DG AGRI, European Commission
Alfred Brunner, Head of EU policy, BirdLife International
Jonathan Hepburn, Programme Manager for Agriculture, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Alan Matthews, Emeritus Professor of European Agricultural Policy, Trinity College Dublin
Stefan Tangermann, Emeritus Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Göttingen
Jo Swinnen, Senior Associate Fellow, CEPS, Director, LICOS Centre, University of Leuven
For more information and registration:
The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is currently unfolding. As a result of the treaty of Lisbon, the European Parliament (EP) is now co-legislator in this policy field and a lot of uncertainty remains as to how it will concretely seize this new role. What will be the impact of this change in decision-making on the outcome of CAP reform?
- Georges Lyon, MEP and member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
- Bas Eickhout, MEP and member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
- Tomas Garcia-Azcarate, Adviser, economic analysis of agricultural markets, DG AGRI, European Commission
- Christophe Crombez, Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and visiting Professor, Stanford University
- Johan F.M. Swinnen, Director, Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS - KUL) and Senior Fellow, CEPS
Environment, energy, health, food safety and food security are among the most important nowadays issues linked with the challenge of a sustainable development of the so called bio-economy. Agriculture is a core sector of the bio-economy but the latter includes other important industries producing and/or exploiting natural resources, such as forestry, marine activities or several bio-based manufacturing industries.
The challenge of a sustainable development of the overall bio-economy claims for a careful analysis of the interdependencies between the bio-based industries as well as of their relationships with natural resources. There is also the need to improve the knowledge about the generation, diffusion and impact of innovation patterns consistent with asustainable development of the bio-economy. Finally, it is crucial to develop analytical frameworks aiming at improving the design of appropriate policies to overcome potential market failures in the bio-economy and to assess their impact from a global perspective.
Economic and policy issues dealing with climate change, land use for energy purposes, research and innovations in the bio-economy, technology options for developed and developing countries, the sustainable use of natural resources are the main themes of the first Conference of the AIEAA. More information is available here
The Factor Markets Partners will organise a workshop on land markets in the framework of this conference. The schedule and programme are currently being finalised. For information on this workshop, please contact email@example.com
On Wednesday 19 September 2012, from 12.30 until 15.00 CEPS will host the launch of the 2012 OECD report: Agricultural Policies: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012. This edition shows that after an increase in 2009, producer support in OECD area declined in 2010 and remained rather stable in 2011. In the longer term perspective the OECD estimations of support confirm the downward trend in support to farmers. As such, this report is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture in the OECD area and is complemented by individual chapters on agricultural policy developments in OECD countries. As the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) moves forward, the launch of this report will provide the opportunity to policy makers and other participants to keep a broader perspective in mind, when discussing new forms of support to European farmers. The discussion will be followed by a press conference between 14.30 and 15.00.
Jo Swinnen, Associate Senior Research Fellow CEPS, Director LICOS
Carmel Cahill, Head of the Policies, Trade and Adjustment Division of Directorate for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, OECD
Catherine Moreddu, Senior Agricultural policy analyst, OECD
Václav Vojtech, Agricultural Policy analyst, co-coordinator of the Monitoring and Evaluation report, OECD
On Tuesday 25 September 2012 and Wednesday 26 September 2012, the members of the Factor Markets Project will join in Ljubljana (Slovenia) to share research results and exchange views on the work performed so far. It will also give them the opportunity to plan the next steps towards full completion of the project's objectives.
After the opening and the introductory session of the Workshop, the discussions will be structured in three sessions: capital market analysis, labour market analysis, land market analysis. The workshop will end with a discussion on the communication and dissemination strategy of the project and finally with the scientific steering committee meeting.
The full programme of the workshop will follow shortly.
Room bookings can be made at:
City Hotel Ljubljana
Dalmatinova 15, 1000, Ljubljana
t: +386 1 239 00 00, f:+386 1 239 00 01
The decision to abolish wine planting rights by 2018 at the latest has generated much debate among EU wine producing member states and the EU Commission. Opponents claim that abolishing planting rights will have several negative effects, such as an undesirable restructuring and reallocation of vineyards, an increase in production and a decrease not only in the prices of wine, but also in its overall quality. Those in favor of the reform argue that the latter will benefit the sector and enhance its competitiveness.
Should the wine sector follow the same liberalization path as any other agricultural sector? In times where the overall regulation of EU agricultural markets is being discussed, it is interesting to look at the arguments defended by the potential “winners” and “losers” of the EU wine reform. This event will bring together actors of the wine sector and academics, to openly discuss the possible effects of the liberalization on the future of the EU wine production and market.
Jo Swinnen, Senior Research Fellow CEPS and Director LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven University
Davide Gaeta, Professor of Wine Economics and Wine Law, University of Verona
Pasquale De Meo, Director, National confederation for voluntary consortia for the oversight of denominations of origin, Italy
Daniela Ida Zandonà, Chargée d’affaires, European Federation of Origin Wines
Josè Ramon Fernandez, Secretary General, Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins
On 15 May, CEPS will host a high-level debate on the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in the presence of the current President of the Agricultural Council, Irish Agricultural Minister Simon Coveney. This event will provide an exclusive opportunity for the CAP followers in Brussels to discuss the latest developments in the negotiations, now currently unfolding between the Council and the European Parliament. After achieving significant progress towards a common position inside the Council, Minister Coveney will discuss how he envisages the next stages of the decision-making process, and what the new CAP rules will mean in concrete terms for Europe's farmers and citizens.
Jo Swinnen, Senior Associate Fellow, CEPS and Director, LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven University
Simon Coveney TD, Minister of Agriculture, Marine and Food of Ireland
Between the 2nd and the 4th June, the Factor Markets consortium will hold its final conference, jointly with the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) conference, in Sevilla, Spain. The focus of this joint conference will be put on agricultural productivity. The enhancement of agricultural productivity – through research – has been a key objective of the Factor Markets Project. This joint conference will provide the opportunity to the Factor Markets partners to present the final results of the project and draw conclusions on 36 months of research.
More practical information and the draft programme can be found here: http://iatrcweb.org/