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Evaluation of Agricultural Policy Reforms in Turkey

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Turkey is an important producer and exporter of agricultural commodities on world markets and is estimated to be the world’s 7th-largest agricultural producer. Although the economic importance of agricultural sector relative to the industrial and service sectors has been declining, agriculture still remains a key part of Turkey’s society, employing about one quarter of the workforce and generating most of income and employment in rural areas.

Agricultural policies in Turkey have evolved significantly over time and the new Agricultural Law agreed in 2006 aims to align Turkey’s agricultural policies with those of the European Union. The main purpose of the study is to evaluate recent policy developments in the context of a broader review of policy developments since the implementation of the Agricultural Reform Implementation Project (ARIP) in 2001. This study also discusses several emerging issues and challenges for Turkish agricultural policies, and offers key policy recommendations.

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Agriculture and the Management of Natural Resources in Turkey

This chapter addresses the role of agriculture in the management of natural resources. A discussion of the environmental performance of agriculture, focusing on pressures on land and water, is followed by an analysis of Turkey’s agrienvironmental policies, particularly those implemented under the Environmentally- Based Agricultural Land Protection Programme (ÇATAK). The importance of organic farming is also discussed.

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