The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the primary aim of which is to promote, develop and strengthen all types of family-oriented agriculture as a socially valuable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable model.
Rural Europe plays a central role in the provision of environmental services such as preserving biodiversity, contributing to climate regulation—by reducing emissions and sequestering carbon, protecting water quality and availability, preserving soil functionality and air quality, reinforcing resilience to flooding and/or fire and maintaining landscape values.
The role of EU agriculture and rural development policies in the delivery of public goods in rural areas throughout Europe.
Encouraging rural employment, tackling rural poverty and improving the quality of life.
Supporting EU agriculture, forestry and agri-food industries, combining competitiveness and multi-functionality.