Committee explores international approaches to agricultural resilience

26 January 2016

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee continues its inquiry into price volatility and agricultural resilience by taking evidence from representatives of New Zealand and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


Wednesday 27 January in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • His Excellency the Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom
  • Dr Jared Greenville, Senior Agriculture Policy Analyst, OECD

Likely questions

  • Are there concerns about the recent trends in agricultural price volatility? Is the situation worsening?
  • What are the main policy instruments and public funding available for farmers to help them cope with price volatility and enhance the resilience of their agricultural operations?
  • What role does income support through direct payments to farmers play? Is it a useful tool to manage risk?
  • To what extent are these insurance programmes publically or privately funded and what do they cover?
  • What are the pros and cons of publically-funded insurance schemes?
  • Is there a role for farm advisory services funded by the national budget in communicating the results of research to farmers to enhance their productivity and efficiency?
  • Do young farmers and/or tenant farmers have specific skill requirements to protect themselves from the effects of price volatility and to cope with the technological and commercial challenges of modern agriculture?
  • Is the availability of credit seen as a factor limiting farm resilience?
  • Which types of risk management measures should the EU be thinking about when revising its Common Agricultural Policy for the period after 2020?

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