Renewing European food, agricultural and rural policies


European agriculture is rapidly evolving under pressure from international competition, crises in certain sectors, consolidation in the seed and pesticide industry, and the rise of discounters in the retail business.
In this context, it must meet several imperatives:
  • a deep reduction of its greenhouse gases emissions,
  • adaptation to climate change,
  • protection of biodiversity and water quality,
  • public health,
  • support for rural areas,
  • and food security in Europe and its trading partners. 

The current trajectory will not lead to sustainable agriculture, and the necessary profound transformations are perceived as having too high a social and economic cost.


Prior to the reform of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), IDDRI thus aims to:

  • show that other agricultural and food strategies are possible;
  • foster debate on these strategies along with policies that will enable their implementation.

To this end, the activities of this initiative are structured around:

  • the identification of the strategies of the European primary producers in their diversity, in particular concerning the modalities of their integration into agri-food chains;
  • the elaboration and analysis of scenarios for the long-term transformation of the agricultural and food sector;
  • the organization of discussions on these scenarios in multistakeholder platforms at Member State level and European level.

On-going Projects

Closed Projects