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LUCSUS researchers analyse how billions of EU farming funding subsidies are being spent

Murray Scown and Kimberly Nicholas, researchers at LUCSUS, have analysed in detail how EU agricultural subsidies flow down to the local level. The new data show that most income support payments go to intensively farmed regions already above median EU income, while climate-friendly and biodiverse farming regions, as well as poorer regions, are insufficiently funded. Consequently, the majority of payments are going to the regions causing the most environmental damage and the farmers in the least need of income support.
Harvesting of agricultural field. Photo: Unsplash.
The researchers have created a unique database that maps the geographical location and purpose of CAP payments for the first time. Photo: Unsplash.

The research was conducted in collaboration with Mark Brady, an economist from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Lund University.

Read a news article about the study at Lund University's webpage.

Publication in One Earth: Billions in Misspent EU Agricultural Subsidies Could Support the Sustainable Development Goals

Murray Scown

Murray Scown is a geographer with a passion for spatial analyses of complex social-ecological systems. His research utilises big data and GIS to map, measure, and model land use and river systems across a range of scales from local to continental.

Read more about Murray Scown.

Kimberly Nicholas

Kimberly Nicholas is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden. She studies how to manage natural resources to both support a good life today, and leave a living planet for future generations.

Read more about Kimberly Nicholas

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