The prospects of the agricultural sector at the turn of the New Century and Millennium, also closely related to the CAP reform stage known as “Agenda 2000″, were investigated in the Congress “European Agriculture Facing the 21st Century in a Global Context“, held in 1999 in Warsaw (Poland). The 2002 Congress in Zaragoza (Spain) “Exploring Diversity in the European Agri-Food System” preceded yet another landmark reform of the CAP. The Fishler Reform introduced, among other, the radical innovation in the disbursement of public support to farmers in the form of (decoupled) Single Farm Payments (SFP).
As new and emerging concerns were expressed by academics, private farms and firms, stakeholder groups and policy makers in the area of agriculture-food-society, the Themes of the EAAE Congress evolved to tackle them, offering analyses and possible solutions. In turn, the 2008 Congress in Ghent (Belgium) “People, Food and Environments: Global Trends and European Strategy” took into explicit consideration the role of the Environments, in a globalised world. Likewise, risk and uncertainty assumed centre stage in 2011 in Zurich (Switzerland) “Change and Uncertainty – Challenges for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources“, while health and innovation were the focus of the last edition in Ljubljana (Slovenia) “Agri-Food and Rural Innovations for healthier Societies“