The European Commission has published its long-awaited strategy on food and farming that sets out the EU’s long-term goals and direction of travel to 2030 for the agri-food sector. The Strategy is a key and necessary element of the European Green Deal and together with the new EU Biodiversity Strategy comes at an important moment.
Senior Policy Analyst
Phone: +32 (0) 2 738 7476
- CAP reform and EU rural development policy,
- agri-environment-climate policy,
- sustainable farming and land management
Stephen Meredith is a Senior Policy Analyst with IEEP and has been part of the Institute’s Agriculture and Land Management Programme since March 2018. He specialises on EU policies which impact the development of sustainable food and farming systems in Europe with a special emphasis on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Over the years, Stephen has developed extensive knowledge about EU policies related to agriculture, land management and rural development policies; organic food and farming standards and management practices, production and market trends, and value chain development in particular green public procurement.
Prior to taking up this post, Stephen worked for over 6 years with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) EU, representing the European organic movement at EU level. Serving as Deputy Policy Manager (from 2015), his activities involved advocacy, research, and stakeholder engagement, working directly with a broad range of interests across the food chain both at European and international level.
Stephen holds an MSc in European and International politics and a postgraduate diploma in organic farming.
Since 2015, IEEP has taken part in the iSQAPER project that aims to assess soil quality in Europe and China and provide decision-makers with science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to manage soil quality and function.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. commissioned IEEP (through the Alliance Environment consortium) to undertake a formal evaluation of the CAP’s impact on habitats, landscapes and biodiversity.
To inform future European Commission’s legislative efforts, IEEP’s discussion paper articulates sustainability criteria aimed at addressing the roots of deforestation, ecosystem degradation and human right violations driven by the EU’s purchase of agricultural commodities in third countries.
New report ‘Using Eco-schemes in the new CAP’ provides guidance and inspiration for EU and national policymakers and managing authorities on how eco-schemes could be designed and implemented to drive the transition towards more sustainable farming systems in Europe.