European Agricultural Fund For Rural Development (CAP- pillar II) (EAFRD) 2014-2020

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods
  • Environment, Consumers and Health
  • Regions and Local Development
BUDGET: € 95 577,05 million (current prices); € 84 936,0 (2011 prices)

The competitiveness of agriculture; the sustainable management of natural resources, and climate action; a balanced territorial development of rural areas.

  1.  Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry, and rural areas with a focus on the following areas: fostering innovation and the knowledge base in rural areas; strengthening the links between agriculture and forestry and research and innovation; fostering lifelong learning and vocational training in the agricultural and forestry sectors.
  2. Enhancing competitiveness of all types of agriculture and enhancing farm viability, with a focus on the following areas: facilitating restructuring of farms facing major structural problems, notably farms with a low degree of market participation, market-oriented farms in particular sectors and farms in need of agricultural diversification; facilitating generational renewal in the agricultural sector.
  3. Promoting food chain organisation and risk management in agriculture, with a focus on the following areas: better integrating primary producers into the food chain through quality schemes, promotion in local markets and short supply circuits, producer groups and inter-branch organizations; supporting farm risk management.
  4. Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems dependent on agriculture and forestry, with a focus on the following areas: restoring and preserving biodiversity, including in Natura 2000 areas and high nature value farming, and the state of European landscapes; improving water management; improving soil management.
  5. Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy in agriculture, food and forestry sectors, with a focus on the following areas: increasing efficiency in water use by agriculture; increasing efficiency in energy use in agriculture and food processing; facilitating the supply and use of renewable sources of energy, of by-products, wastes, residues and other non food raw material for purposes of the bio-economy; reducing nitrous oxide and methane emissions from agriculture; fostering carbon sequestration in agriculture and forestry.
  6. Promoting social inclusion poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas, with a focus on the following areas: facilitating diversification, creation of new small enterprises and job creation; fostering local development in rural areas; enhancing accessibility to, use and quality of information and communication technologies (ICT) in rural areas.

Local and Regional authorities Administrations States.


Member States


Individual measures Knowledge transfer and information actions Advisory services, farm management and farm relief services Quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuff Investments in physical assets Farm and business development Afforestation and creation of woodland Establishment of agro-forestry systems Investments in new forestry technologies and in processing and marketing of forest products Co-operation LEADER local action groups.


85% of the eligible public expenditure in the less developed regions, the outermost regions and the smaller Aegean islands within the meaning of Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93 ;

50% of the eligible public expenditure in the other regions.

The minimum EAFRD contribution rate shall be 20%.

RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG :Agriculture and Rural Development