Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Rural development, agriculture and fisheries


Tractor in a field Timely information on European crop yields and harvest plays a key role in the management of the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). Via its crop forecasting system, the JRC can for example monitor crop vegetation growth, include the short-term effects of meteorological events on crop productions, and provide yearly forecasts on European crop predictions. As part of the Seventh Framework Programme, this system will be developed to include estimates of world production to provide data on main crop quantities in the export market. Other activities include research on the agri-environment and the marine environment as well as socio-economic studies.


JRC's activities in this area are organised in two sub agendas:

  • Rural Development and agriculture
  • Fisheries and maritime policy and marine environment



Details on scientific actions in this area:

  • Crop Production Forecasts and Climate Change Impact Read more
  • Fisheries Management and Enforcement Read more
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: the socio-economic dimension Read more
  • New Technologies in Agriculture - their agronomic and socio-economic impact Read more
  • Geo-Information Management and Control Methods Read more
  • Protection and Conservation of European Seas Read more
  • Vessel Surveillance and Port Security Read more
  • Integration of Environment Concerns into Agriculture Read more
  • Support to Agricultural Trade and Market Policies Read more