Enhancing the competitiveness of all types of agriculture and enhancing farm viability

The priority at a glance

Various forces pose threats to farm incomes, and therefore all farmers should aim to continue to become more competitive. In some cases restructuring is needed. Given that only six per cent of farm managers are aged below 35, more young people must be encouraged to bring their energy and ideas to the farm sector.

Areas of intervention (Focus areas):

  1. Facilitating restructuring of farms facing major structural challenges (notably farms with a low degree of market participation, or market-orientated farms active in particular sectors, or farms in need of agricultural diversification).
  2. Facilitating a balanced age structure in the agricultural sector.

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Useful resources

Links to available resources from the EU and Member States to support programming and implementation of rural development priorities for 2014-2020.

Relevant information for this section will be added in the future according to availability.


Examples of RDP implementation

Examples of EAFRD projects

Stories of successful RDP implementation

  • Joint implementation of measures 111 and 114 through the “Catalogo Verde” in Emilia-Romagna, Italy [PDF]
  • “Practical Networks” support knowledge development and disseminate business development and other relevant practices, the Netherlands [PDF]
  • The Latvian Credit Fund under the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programme, Latvia [PDF]

Relevant case studies

  • Relocation and Modernisation of a Honey Making Company in Attica, Greece [PDF]
  • Innovating Agriculture: “Fresh and ready to eat” produce in Umbria, Italy [PDF]
  • Strengthening an association for providing machinery services to farmers in mountain areas, Italy [PDF]
  • Cheviot Futures, United kingdom [PDF]

Lessons learned 2007-2013

Links to relevant ENRD work providing a deeper understanding of how to support competitiveness with effective RDP programming and implementation.

  • Rural Review 5: Cultivating competitiveness of the EU farm, agri-food and forest sectors [PDFenfresdeitpl] focuses on supporting EU agriculture, forestry and agri-food industries, combining competitiveness and multi-functionality.
  • Local Food and Short Supply Chain – introductory page to the theme with relevant links to EU actions on promoting farm products, study and project examples.
  • Rural Review 12: Local food and short supply chains [PDFenfresdeitplhr] illustrates how RDPs are contributing to the promotion of local food production and short supply chains
  • Library on Rural Entrepreneurship providing materials and project examples on Short Supply Chains
  • EAFRD project brochure on Food [PDFenfrdeitespl] illustrates examples which demonstrate the range of positive benefits in Member States from food-related rural development activity under the CAP.
  • The youth and young farmers gateway offers relevant information and resources on the support offered to young farmers and young people in rural areas in the EU. In particular the ENRD “Youth thematic initiative” has been looking at ways to improve RDP support to youth-related projects.
  • The EAFRD projects brochure on young farmers and younger people in rural Europe [PDFen] provides a selection of project examples showing how the EAFRD can help to provide development opportunities for young farmers and younger people in rural Europe.