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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

About the programme

The European agricultural fund for rural development (EAFRD) finances the EU's contribution to rural development programmes (RDPs).

RDPs consist of measures and projects that contribute to the EU-wide objectives of:

  • improving the competitiveness of agriculture
  • encouraging sustainable management of natural resources and climate action
  • achieving a balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities

Programmes are prepared on a national or regional basis, and must work towards specific targets relating to the EU’s rural development objectives.

Programme website

Funding opportunities

Calls for proposals

Open and upcoming calls for proposal under EAFRD.

Calls for tender

Open and upcoming calls for tender related to EAFRD.

Budget and performance

Includes performance highlights, key performance indicators, and the performance framework and assessment.

Programme performance webpage

Programme features

Programme duration

2021-2027 (transition period: 2021-2023)

Lead Directorate-General
Predecessor programme

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Management mode

Shared management

MFF heading

Natural Resources and Environment


Agriculture and Maritime Policy

Climate contribution

26% (2021-2022); 40% (2023-2027) ((target)

Total budget 2021-2027

€ 95.51 billion, of which € 8.07 billion under NGEU () (current prices)

Relevant regulation

Regulation (EU) 2021/2115 lays down rules on general and specific objectives to be pursued with the support granted under the common agricultural policy (CAP), through the CAP strategic plans; types of intervention and common requirements for Member States to pursue those objectives as well as the related financial arrangements; CAP strategic plans, which are to be drawn up by Member States and which set targets, specify conditions for interventions and allocate financial resources, according to the specific objectives and identified needs; coordination and governance as well as monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

Regulation (EU) 2021/2116 lays down rules on the financing of expenditure under the CAP; the management and control systems to be put in place by the Member States; clearance and conformity procedures.

Regulation (EU) 1308/2013 establishes a common organisation of the markets for agricultural products, as listed in Annex I to the Treaties (with the exception of the fishery and aquaculture products).