Evaluation of Agricultural Policy Reforms in Turkey
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.
Published on September 21, 2011Also available in: French