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Our latest publication in the Policy Insights series examines the topic of agricultural skills in the context of policies involved with managing shortages of appropriately skilled farm workforces.

The Policy Insights sets the scene for this topic by noting that some 17 million people work in the EU’s agri-food sector and agricultural production requires a mix of technical, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills to complete a range of physical and business tasks. The publication then goes on to confirm that farmers and others employed in agriculture need to keep updating their knowledge to reflect changing technologies and best practices in agri-food production. 

Content for the Policy Insights article draws on a background paper prepared for our Thematic Group on Nurturing Skills for a Thriving and Sustainable Agricultural Sector. This recognises that demand for different farm skills can vary across the year, meaning that labour needs to be flexible. 

Read the full article for more insights on skills needed to strengthen farmer positions in the food supply chain and check out all the other publications available in our Policy Insights series.