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Farm Accountancy Cost Estimation and Policy Analysis of European Agriculture

Acronym : FACEPA

Code : FP7-212292 (sub-contract)

Contract Period : 01/05/2011 - 31/10/2011

Project Webpage : http://facepa.slu.se/

Main Funder : European Commission (sub-contract from vTI)

ORC Staff Contact : Catherine Gerrard

Assist with the identification of cost of production for specific organic enterprises and environmental indicators using farm accountancy data (FADN)

Project Aims:

  • To address the usefulness and appropriateness of the present FADN data to measure cost of production for agricultural commodities;
  • To develop a ‘general’ cost of production model for EU agriculture that is easy to use by practitioners and reliable;
  • To test and implement this cost model in an EU context on a large scale (several agricultural commodities and most of EU member countries);
  • To assess the relationship between cost structure and farm performance, farm technology, environmental quality and farm heterogeneity;
  • To provide methodological improvements to the ‘general’ cost of production model;
  • To evaluate agricultural policy measures using models based on the production cost estimates.

ORC's Role:

  • Collecting and collating information on the costs of production for a range of organic products (including wheat, milk, potatoes) in several European countries.
  • Reporting on the structure and policy environment of organic agriculture in those countries.
  • Investigating the possibility of using FADN data (in this case Farm Business Survey data) to derive environmental indicators from economic data and using these indicators to compare organic and non-organic agriculture in the UK

Project leader and partners:

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Université catholique de Louvain
Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Landbouw-Economisch Instituut B.V.
Corvinus University of Budapest
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Bulgaria
Lund University

Deliverables:

Odefey, L., Berner, A., Offermann, F., Gerrard, C.L., Padel, S., Lampkin, N., (2011), Organic farming: implications for costs of production and provisioning of environmental services, FACEPA deliverable 7.3, September 2011, Report to the EU Commission

Project Output:

Gerrard, CL; Moakes, Simon and Padel, Susanne (2012) The use of Farm Business Survey data to compare the environmental performance of organic and conventional farms. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 2 (1), pp. 5-16.

Gerrard, C.L., Padel, S., (2011), Production costs across the EU in 2006, Organic Research Centre Bulletin, 105, p9-10