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Latest update : 2018-02-06

A fair deal for farmers: How to make agriculture pay in 2018 & beyond? (part 2)

Rolling green fields, happy animals and rosy-cheeked fruit-pickers: that's the classic storybook image of farming that many of us grow up with, but the reality is often far from that ideal. We bring you a special edition of Talking Europe focused on the challenges facing Europe's farmers. In this second part of the show, we focus on France, where the number of suicides among farmers tripled in 2016 - with low incomes and disappearing profit margins seen by many as a major factor.

The French Agriculture Minister, Stéphane Travert, takes us to the Paris conference on the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), that’s due to be re-written as of 2020. Meanwhile, Luke Brown and Johan Bodin report on how the EU is already thinking ahead to this CAP in 2020 and on how to allow farmers to earn a decent living.

We also visit a vineyard in the south of France with MEP Eric Andrieu. He tells us why winegrowers tend to be relatively better off than other farmers. 

And are large retailers and supermarkets responsible for the low incomes of farmers? We take a closer look at the situation regarding milk prices. Luke Brown and Anais Guérard report.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Stéphane TRAVERT

French farming and food minister


MEP from Languedoc-Roussilon, France's biggest wine-growing region


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