CAP Health Check, decoupling and livestock in less favoured areas

On November 20th 2008, as part of the CAP Health Check, the Farm Council adopted several rules modifying implementation of the CAP. In the form of questions and answers, this paper focuses on the implications of the changes related to the increased decoupling of farm income support measures for the French farms located in less favoured areas and specialized in herbivorous productions (dairy cows, beef, sheep and goats). In France, if maintaining the coupling of the suckler cow premium and ewe premium is often seen as quite a positive short-term gain, it is worth thinking about alternative intervention tools which could be preferred in future to encourage livestock activities in less favoured areas on both environmental and territorial accounts. This reflection is all the more necessary since the CAP is highly concerned by the post-2013 E.U. budgetary perspectives and since the legitimacy of public agricultural support is still open to debate.

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ISSN 1778-4379 (Other)
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INRA Sciences Sociales, 2008
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