European rural areas: decrease of poverty rate

July 18, 2019

Hat: European rural areas: decrease of poverty rate

Funding Scheme: 2019-07-17

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

Amorce:

Between 2016 and 2017, poverty rates in rural areas continued to decrease, reaching 24% in 2017 according to the latest update of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) indicators.

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The indicators have shown positive development in relation to the CAP. Indeed, as for rural areas, the latest data shows that poverty rates decreased by 2% between 2016 and 2017 (from 26% to 24%). Simultaneously, the employment rate in rural areas increased by 2% in the same period, from 66% to 68%.

Other positive developments can also be noticed: 

  • Ecological focus areas have slightly increased between 2016 and 2017, going from 11.1 million hectares in 2016 to 11.4 million hectares in 2017;
  • Increase of ammonia emissions from agriculture has slowed down, stabilising at 3.61 million tonnes in 2016, from 3.60 million tonnes in 2015;
  • The share of organic farming area : In 2016, it represented 6.7% of total farming area in the EU. In 2017, it reached 7% of total farming area, representing 12.6 million hectares of farming area.
The EAFRD has also been a significant element in the development of rural areas.

Url description: DG AGRI

Url: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/further-decrease-poverty-rate-rural-areas-2017-among-findings-cap-indicators-update-2019-jul-17_fr