Turkey is an important producer and exporter of agricultural commodities on world
markets and is estimated to be the world’s 7th-largest agricultural producer. Although
the economic importance of agricultural sector relative to the industrial and service
sectors has been declining, agriculture still remains a key part of Turkey’s society,
employing about one quarter of the workforce and generating most of income and employment
in rural areas.Agricultural policies in Turkey have evolved significantly over time
and the new Agricultural Law agreed in 2006 aims to align Turkey’s agricultural policies
with those of the European Union. The main purpose of the study is to evaluate recent
policy developments in the context of a broader review of policy developments since
the implementation of the Agricultural Reform Implementation Project (ARIP) in 2001.
This study also discusses several emerging issues and challenges for Turkish agricultural
policies, and offers key policy recommendations.