This first policy brief entitled Soil health policies for CAP and Agri-environment Directives shows how soil health policies can be integrated into CAP and Agri-Environment Directives and suggests 3 policy options for increasing the uptake of soil health practices:

  • Build SICS clearly into CAP Pillar I as cross-cutting farm practices for public goods. 
  • Increase facilitators for farmer information exchange and training for advisors in soil health practices (e.g. via Farm Advisory Services).
  • Use SICS to cross-cut policy frameworks and directives: e.g. cover crops to address both the Water Framework and Nitrogen Directive