Title: An approach to describe the agri-food and other bio-based sectors in the European Union. Focus on Spain
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC72097
ISBN: 978-92-79-25927-2
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 25468 EN
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=5260
DOI: 10.2791/95751
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The European agri-food and other bio-based sectors exceed 2 000 billion euros a year in turnover and employ roughly 22 million workers. This paper adopts an inclusive definition of the agri-food and other bio-based sectors that encompasses agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and pulp and paper production, as well as parts of industries that use natural and renewable resources in their production processes, i.e. the chemical, biotechnological and energy industries. However, the focus is clearly on the sectors directly linked to agricultural production and the food industry. Having a comprehensive understanding of extended agri-food economic linkages is critical when designing pertinent policies which aim to deliver the full potential of strong European agri-food and other bio-based sectors. In turn, this requires a more disaggregated view. The JRC-IPTS (AGRILIFE unit) has developed a set of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) for the EU-27 with a highly disaggregated agricultural sector (AgroSAMs) (Müller et al., 2009) for the year 2000. This study uses for the first time fully disaggregated AgroSAMs in order to provide a descriptive analysis of the agri-food and other bio-based sectors. The limits of this approach are evident, as many changes in the EU economies have taken place within a decade. However, the AgroSAMs are the only Pan-European database providing details of all the sectors mentioned. An update of the AgroSAMs for the year 2007 is ongoing and will provide more recent data and results. To capture the key agricultural and related sectors revealing likely growth and job creation, the SIMSIPSAM tool (Parra and Wodon, 2009) is applied. The focus is on Spain; nevertheless, a review for every EU Member State is first performed to detect potential key sectors. The methodology adopted in this study allows automated reviews, in space and time, of the European agri-food and other bio-based sectors.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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