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172nd European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar

May 28 2019
May 29 2019

NEWS: Updated important dates 

Agricultural policy for the environment or environmental policy for agriculture?

Find out at the 172nd European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar.

Enhancing the environmental and climate ambition of the EU farming sector is one centrepiece of the latest European Commission's proposal for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The theme of the seminar are the policy and research implications of these heightened environmental and climate ambitions.

The Commission department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) are supporting the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) in the organisation of this seminar.

Important dates (revised)


Objectives include:

  • Discuss the economics-policy nexus of agriculture and the environment in the context of the CAP post-2020.
  • Promote discussions on current and future aspects of the CAP.
  • Enhance the understanding of opportunities and limits of CAP environmental and climate ambition.
  • Analyse the policy design and impact of agri-environmental and climate-friendly practices.
  • Provide a platform to foster direct discussions between academia and policymakers.
  • Identify areas of policy action and further research needs.



/jrc/en/file/document/176114Provisional programme 

The programme aims at maximising exchange between policymakers and academics. 


Academic plenary session: Challenges for enhancing environmental objectives of agricultural policy

Chair: Humberto Delgado Rosa (European Commission, Director for Natural Capital at Directorate-General for Environment)

Background: This plenary session should be the mirror from an academic perspective of the policy plenary session. It starts with an overview of the performance of different agricultural systems in terms of environmental ambition and other objectives. In this respect the TEEBs work on "Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems" can set the scene, followed by a theoretical presentation on different approaches to include the environmental performance and other objectives into the assessment of the policies (beyond output). The other two contributions present how academia has looked at policies that foster an enhanced environmental performance, with one focusing on how to embed output based design into the assignment of contracts and the other on how new challenges arise compared to traditional agricultural policy.


  • Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems: tbc (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Food and Agriculture)
  • What's in performance? Alternatives to incorporate environment outputs into productivity measurement (MCDM approaches): Antonio Alvarez-Pinilla (Universidad de Oviedo, Professor)
  • Incorporating environmental concerns in programme allocation: the case of the US: Daniel Hellerstein (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Researcher at Economic Research Service)
  • Identifying behavioural barriers to changing farming practice: Sophie Thoyer (Institut national de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l'Agriculture (IRSTEA), Director)


Policy plenary session:  International experiences with agri-environmental policy design and application

Chair: Tassos Haniotis (European Commission, Director of Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis at Directorate-General for Agriculture & Rural Development)

Background: This session brings together experts from different geographical regions to talk about their experiences and the lessons learned in designing and applying agricultural and environmental policy measures. The objective is to learn more about specific policies as well as the political and societal priorities underpinning their design and implementation. Specifically, the following questions will be addressed: What types of agri-environmental measures are currently applied and at what geographical or administrative scale? What is the specific context of these measures and for how long have they been applied? How are farmers responding/accepting these measures? How is the outcome of the programs/measures assessed and with what indicators? Do the applied measures deliver the expected environmental outcome? What are the determining factors for success or failure?


  • EU: Hans Bruyninckx (European Environment Agency (EEA), Executive Director)
  • Brazil: André Guimarães (Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), Executive Director)
  • United States: Marca Weinberg (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Director of the Resource and Rural Economics Division)
  • West Africa: Ibrahima Hathié (Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), Research Director)
  • South Asia:  Mio Oka (Asian Development Bank (ADB), Director Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division South Asia)


Call for papers

Participants (EU and non-EU participants) are invited to contribute scientific papers.


Authors need to first submit an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages (1000 words) in English by 15 February 2019.

The abstract should indicate the:

  • Question addressed,
  • Concepts and theories to which one refers,
  • Methodology used,
  • Results obtained, and
  • Policy relevance and implications.

The Scientific Committee will notify authors of accepted abstracts by 25 March 2019.


Authors have to submit their final paper by 6 May 2019.

Expected topics to be covered by the papers include:

  • Trade-offs and synergies between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of a policy geared towards sustainability.
  • Performance-based versus output-based payments.
  • Compulsory versus voluntary agri-environmental schemes.
  • Data, tools and models to measure environmental and economic performance at the farm, regional, national and global levels.
  • Contribution of particular CAP measures to preserve or enhance environmental benefits.
  • Farmers' behaviour and participation in agri-environmental schemes.
  • Environmentally and climate-friendly technologies and practices: opportunities and constraints.
  • Environmental standards and indicators: rationale, measurement and evaluation.
  • Identification, quantification and valuation of the demand for and supply of agri-environmental services.
  • Policy measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture.
  • Impact of structural change on the environment and rural areas.
  • International trade and agri-environmental performance.
  • Impacts beyond the European agricultural sector.
  • Institutional and legal implications.
  • Lessons learned from previous CAP reforms and other international experiences.

Please use our template for the title page of your paper (MS word .docx).

Papers presented at the seminar will be uploaded into the AgEcon Search repository.

A special issue of EuroChoices with selected seminar papers adapted to a wide readership (both technical and non-technical) is under discussion.

Alison Burrell Award

Dr. Alison Margaret Burrell passed away in October 2018.

Due to her intensive policy related scientific work and close involvement with the EAAE and the JRC, the Organizing and Scientific Committees have decided to grant the "Alison Burrell Award" to the best paper presented at the 172nd EAAE Seminar. 

The award will be granted according to the following criteria, motivated by Alison's extraordinary writing skills and capacity as an author to communicate policy relevant research:  

  • Policy relevance of the research.
  • Scientific merit.
  • Clarity and structure of the paper.

The winner will be announced at the closing session of the 172nd EAAE seminar in Brussels.


Please use our partner's conference management system to submit your contribution: Conftool


  • Submission of abstracts: 15 February 2019
  • Notifications of acceptance: 25 March 2019
  • Final submission of full papers: 06 May 2019


Registration opens on 25 March 2019 on the EAAE website.

Participation fees for the seminar:

  • Early bird: €150 (€85 for PhD students) until 15 April 2019
Regular: €190 (€110 for PhD students) from 15 April 2019

A maximum of 120 participants can be accepted on a first come first served base.


Organising Committee

The Organising Committee's primary responsibilities are all on-site arrangements and logistics before, during and after the seminar.

Scientific Committee

The role of the Scientific Committee is to finalise the scientific program schedule, review and select oral abstract presentations.


The European Commission communicated that the CAP post 2020 will enhance its European added value by reflecting a higher level of environmental and climate ambition.

The policy is set to shift the emphasis from compliance and rules towards results and performance.

In this sense, the interplay of economic, environmental and social dimensions needs to be revisited as the key theoretical basis for support to agriculture.

The agricultural policy context also requires reflection on the role of direct payments as an environmental policy tool, and the delivery systems for environmental services and protection.

The question is then if and how support should be granted to farmers as providers of public goods.

Against this background, the political debate can benefit from further applied scientific insight on policy design, implementation mode and its environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Important dates

  • 15 February 2019: Submission deadline for abstracts
  • 25 March 2019: Notifications of acceptance & registration opens
  • 15 April 2019: Early-bird registration deadline
  • 06 May 2019: Deadline for submission of full papers
  • 15 May 2019: Late riser registration deadline


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