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Economic Framework for the Rural Environment

Produced by the Department for the Economy (Economy)
Authored by Economy and published on 01 May 2022
Prepared internally, no external cost


The Rural Economic Framework (REF) 2022 sets out policies for the management of the Jersey countryside that embrace the responsibility in the care of our resources, and in which all stakeholders work alongside Government to support the wider strategic needs of the Island, in particular with regard to the production and supply of food, water security and the quality of our natural environment.

The rural economy, in particular the agricultural industry, occupies over half of the land surface area of Jersey and as such has a fundamental influence on its natural capital, landscape, wildlife, environment and water resources of the Island.

Farming and food production remain an essential element of Island life, but in recent years has been subject to increasing socioeconomic challenges. Business profitability is low and the significant re-structuring that has taken place has reduced the diversity of activity, both in terms of products and number and type of producers.

Government will need to work closely with all stakeholders over the coming years to ensure the current fragile economic ecosystem is revitalised and the sector is able to attain goals of long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The purpose of this framework is to: provide a clear structure within which Government interventions are directed in a manner which is accountable, measured, valued and reported; and contributes fully to the delivery of a vibrant and sustainable rural sector, providing employment and economic opportunity, enhancing our natural capital and maintaining rural life as an integral and valued part of the Island's cultural identity.

The Rural Economic Framework will deliver:

  • a policy framework that clearly sets out political and governmental accountability for delivery on integrated policies for the management of the rural economy
  • structure to provide financial support for the rural sector in the form of a Rural Support Scheme and indirect support in a variety of forms
  • incentives for all stakeholders to adopt the best environmental working practices and ensure sustainable management of the rural resource

Within the framework are five strategic component groups with distinct areas of focus:

Rural Governance

Management of the rural economy by Government, in both a local and international context.

Rural Support

A structure to provide direct financial support to the rural sector in a manner compliant with international trade obligations.

Land and Ecosystem

Ways in which to maintain and enhance the rural environment and ensure sustainable uses of resources.

Communication and Marketing

Greater promotion of the sector locally and internationally.

Rural Development

Policies designed to enable sustainable development of the sector, some requiring further research to be delivered throughout the life of the framework.

Summary document: Economic Framework for the Rural Environment 2022
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