Within the framework of the sustainable agriculture strategy of the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC), the SUSTAG action provides support to the European policymaking process, and acts as a solid platform for scientific networks in the EU Member States, and Associated and Candidate Countries.
The aim of SUSTAG is to assess the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on European farming and rural areas, addressing two distinct areas:
- Sustainability of farming systems along the economic (mainly viability and competitiveness issues), social, and environmental dimensions. Issues like the future of subsistence farming, off-farm investment, organic and other alternative faming systems belong to this area;
- Rural development covers the economics of rural resources and the economic regeneration of rural areas. Broader issues like social justice and nature conservation are taken into account, as is the extent to which they affect the behaviour of economic agents. The role of multifunctional agriculture in rural development is studied in this section. Great emphasis is placed on characterisation of rural areas, rural typology, rural economy including non-agricultural economy and prospects of overall rural development.
Providing policy analysis, a part of SUSTAG research, focuses on institutions and governance in both areas.
SUSTAG facilitates contacts and the exchange of experience between experts from the enlarged EU. Within the JRC Enlargement Action expert workshops are held regularly bringing together representatives of academia, policymakers and other stakeholders.
Action Leader: Sergio Gomez y Paloma