The View from Europe: the Common Agricultural Policy and Small Farms

The European Coordination Via Campesina has released a new briefing outlining some concrete proposals for how the CAP could support small-to-medium sized family farms – and why it should.

Originally published June 25, 2015 on

How can public policy support small-scale family farms?

In the frame of the European project “New CAP, new horizons”, 2014-00116, European Coordination Via Campesina, Confederation Paysanne and Envie de Paysans ! have produced a booklet entitled “How can public policy support small-scale family farms ?“.

The initiative has been co-financed by the European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The booklet explains what small scale-farm entails, through three dimensions : the economic, the social and the environmental one. It also reminds the definition of « peasants » : peasants are men and women, including the landless, who have a direct relation with land and nature through the production of food and agricultural products by working the land.

The booklet continues giving concrete and viable political proposals to maintain and develop small farms, to promote short distribution circuits and local economies, to guarantee fair practices in the whole food chain, and to favor seed autonomy to ensure biodiversity.

To read the full booklet, please click on the link below :…