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European young farmers:
Take action against the dismantling of the CAP

March 31, 2014


The role of young farmers in the European Union is crucial; their future is all the more vital when one considers current agricultural issues: How to encourage young people to take up farming at a time when the European agricultural population is aging? In this perspective, how to fully contribute to the renewal of generations in agriculture?

For the past ten years and in spite of the implementation of a policy to support new farming activities, one out of four French farms is gone (chiefly in livestock and mixed-crop farming). In 2010, farmers older than 65 were operating 25 percent of all farms, and farmers under 40 (with half of them holding another job) were running 10 percent of the total number of farms. The trend is also observed in the rest of Europe––a 20 percent decline in the number of farms since 20031––while in the EU-27, young farmers––i.e. younger than 35––accounted for six percent of all farmers2.

These numbers fully justify the engagement of agricultural unions, such as the Young Farmers (JA) in France or the Young Farmers Federation (FJA) in Belgium, and their contribution to the future of European agriculture.

Hence, French and German young farmers recently called on the European Commission to safeguard “the young farmers’ provisions” in the new CAP. Outside its General Assembly held in Gembloux, Belgium, on March 20, the FJA fittingly raised the very close link between the public authorities’ gradual disengagement from market regulation and the issue of young people taking on new farming operations.

The existence of a balanced CAP is the basic condition for any trade regulation system. Yet, dismantling the CAP public support system is ultimately perceived as letting farmers be defenseless against agricultural market instability. In fact, the public authorities’ disengagement at the European and national levels will only further expose farmers to the intrinsic risks of today’s agriculture––market risks (price hyper-volatility and price reversal) and climate and epizootic hazards.

In this context, all European nations require regulation mechanisms to support their agricultural activities. This is not an option. It is a strategic imperative.


1 Source: French Young Farmers Union (JA)
2 Source. Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission
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