Attila Jambor

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Attila Jambor is Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. Holding a PhD in economics, his major research interests are agricultural policy and agri-food trade analysis. He was a junior consultant to the European Parliament on the future of rural development in the CAP post 2013 and to the FAO on the diversity of effects of EU membership on agriculture in the New Member States. He was a junior professional to the World Bank in creating the Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy of Moldova and Romania. His current field of research are the competitiveness of global agriculture and the impacts of the ten years of EU membership on Central and Eastern European agriculture.

Recent blog posts written by Attila Jambor

Lost in Climate Change Reports

By reading recent reports on mitigating climate change, even those familiar with the topic might get lost.

Decreasing food prices: Short term happiness

It seems strange at first sight that food prices are decreasing globally in the short run.

Rising Agricultural Incomes in Europe

Agricultural incomes have continuously risen in the last decade in the vast majority of EU member states, questioning the need for infinite income support.

Some thoughts on the European milk crisis

It seems shocking to see milk farmers marching on Brussels. While reading the news, an agricultural economist has some fundamental questions.

Are we really moving forward?

It seems that all the main stakeholders in the future CAP debate find we are moving forward. However, it depends on what we call forward.

What the proposed MFF has for agriculture?

A new budget for 2014-2020 has been agreed by the Council yesterday, suggesting that the CAP will not change remarkably in the future.

Who is happy with EP COMAGRI’s recent vote?

It seems that the majority of stakeholders are not happy with the latest vote of the European Parliaments agriculture committee.

Nobody cares what we spend our money on

It seems that everyone wants to spend more and more without questioning the effectiveness of spending.

Strengthening the role of young farmers in the future CAP

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) has recently launched a campaign “Future Food Farmers”, calling for generational renewal in the European agriculture.

What potential agroforestry holds for the future CAP?

A recent conference organised in the European Parliament brought agroforestry to the heart of the discussion on the CAP reform.

Farmer-friendly ideas on greening

COPA-COGECA comes out with new ideas on greening but they help little to tackle its fundamental problem.

Old interests in the New Member States

It seems that the New Member States want to further water down the original proposals of the Commission.

Negotiations on future CAP have speeded up

Despite the hot summer across Europe, the previous weeks were quite busy in Brussels. On June 18th and 19th 2012, the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee Rapporteurs presented their four draft reports on the reform on the Common Agricultural Policy, while one week on, on June 25th, these draft plans were confronted with national interests (based [...]

What Rio+20 has for the CAP?

20 years have passed since the Earth Summit was organised in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will also be held in Rio this week and the apparent question comes what has happened in 20 years time. Almost nothing, many argue, as global sustainability is more on the [...]

Silence please: The second act has just started on greening

Latest evidence shows that negotiations on greening have moved to their second stage. Since 12 October 2011, numerous critiques have arisen regarding the greening proposals criticised as ineffective and overly-restrictive for farmers. As a response to these, the European Commission proposed making some farming practices ‘equivalent’ to the three greening measures last Tuesday. Practically, this [...]

Who needs the Basic Payment Scheme?

A Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is about to replace the SPS and the SAPS from 2014, therefore payment entitlements obtained under SPS shall expire on 31 December 2013. Under the new BPS, entitlements will be allocated to farmers who apply for it by 15 May 2014 and if he/she has either activated at least one [...]

What is rural development about?

On 1 January 2011, 41% of EU-27 population lived in urban regions, 35% in intermediate regions and only 23% in rural regions, as suggested by the latest release of Eurostat. What is more, the population of urban regions grew by 5.2 per 1000 inhabitants, that of intermediate regions by 2.2‰, while rural regions decreased by [...]

On the complexity of defining active farmers

It seems that the definition of an active farmer is harder than one might expect at first sight.

Who cares about capping?

It seems that the introduction of capping is irrelevant to almost all stakeholders and therefore can result in a political consensus.

Evolving alliance for saving the status quo

A new alliance, led by France, seems to have arisen to save the status quo in the CAP post-2013.

Formulating interests of NMS in the CAP post-2013

Central European Chambers of Agriculture published a joint declaration last November demonstrating the interests of New Member States in the CAP post-2013.

The green menu system: an idea worth considering

The idea of the “green menu system”, proposed by the Groupe de Bruges in their recently published critical analysis of the Commission’s proposals is well worth considering.

Rising agricultural incomes: good or bad news?

EU agricultural real income per worker has risen again in 2011, raising serious questions regarding the idea of continuous income support endorsed by the European Commission.

The Polish Presidency and Agriculture: A Mixed Performance

The Polish Presidency was not focusing especially on agriculture but has reached some important results as well as missed some opportunities depending on which side of the coin one looks.

The sacred cow of the two pillars

It is stated and accepted everywhere that the future CAP should be based on the existing two pillars, pretending that the current structure is working well.

Public goods measurement concerns in the CAP post 2013

It seems that the Commission neglects the fact that we cannot properly measure the value of public goods in Europe.

On the justification for direct payments

The Commission can always find a reason to justify direct payments.