Jonathan Baker: Report published

2017 Scholar, Jonathan Baker’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled:‘Insights from agricultural policies of selected non-EU developed countries’

Report Title       

Insights from agricultural policies of selected non-EU developed countries


Jonathan Baker


John Oldacre Foundation

Countries visited

Norway, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea and New Zealand

Objectives of the study tour: 

  • To identify ideas and insights from the agricultural and land use policies of developed, non-European Union countries.


  • UK and devolved Governments should consider a broader range of policy measures than direct support when crafting their agricultural and rural policies. 
  • Government, the public and farmers should determine which functions of agriculture they want to see emphasised.  
  • The UK and devolved Governments should recognise that the vitality of rural areas cannot be taken for granted. 
  • Farmers and their representatives must determine the relationship they want to have with Government(s). 
  • UK and devolved Government should reform reflectively. Future UK agricultural policies will be unprecedented. Policy makers should be humble and prepared to modify their reforms in light of negative impacts.   

See Jonathan’s report at: