Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2006 (Revised March 2007)

Common Agricultural Policy and the Future of French Farming

by J. Gunnar Trumbull, Vincent Marie Dessain and Elena Corsi


Presents the history and evolution of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, from early price supports to the 2003 decision to "decouple" payments to European farmers. Explores the logic behind agricultural supports, with a focus on the economic, political, and cultural context of French farming. Discusses efforts to reform the CAP in the context of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations against the backdrop of European enlargement.

Keywords: History; Agreements and Arrangements; Price; Policy; Trade; Agribusiness; Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry; France; European Union;


Trumbull, J. Gunnar, Vincent Marie Dessain, and Elena Corsi. "Common Agricultural Policy and the Future of French Farming." Harvard Business School Case 707-027, December 2006. (Revised March 2007.)