The Common Agricultural Policy is currently undergoing a series of major reforms, including the system of CAP payments. Although this reform will provide benefits to both farmers and payment agencies, the payment agencies are required to adopt new working methods by 2020, such as the use of remote monitoring mechanisms (Earth Observation (EO) data from COPERNICUS) as a substitute for on the spot inspections or the application of EO data to enable payment for performance instead of payment for compliance.
These changes are happening at a dizzying pace and different agencies are at different levels of readiness for the adoption of these new technologies and new ways of working. In this context, the EO4AGRI project aims at improving their capacity on operational agriculture monitoring from local to global levels based on information derived from Copernicus satellite observation data and through exploitation of associated geospatial and socio-economic information services., EO4AGRI enlarges and further systematizes the knowledge about Copernicus for agriculture and identifies gaps related to the EO implementation on Agrifood-related public services and needs of the financial sector, including international policy and coordination programmes.
More specifically, EO4AGRI assists the implementation of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with special attention to the CAP2020 reform, to requirements of Paying Agencies, and for the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) processes by working closely with the payment agencies to develop a series of tools that will help them during this transition. These tools include a whitepaper, a strategic research agenda, a policy roadmap and a collaboration framework, containing recommendations on how to enable the implementation of CAP reforms based on next generation COPERNICUS data and related services.