Turkey - Policy support to HNV farming
Turkey provides a wide spectrum of agriculture support to its farming sector including many coupled direct payments. The Agriculture Strategy Paper 2006 – 2010 specifies that 10% of the agriculture budget would be directed to rural development and further 5% to environmental support.
The Environmentally Based Agricultural Land Protection Program (ÇATAK) in Turkey started as a pilot in 4 provinces in 2006. It provided support for three years to farmers in order to prevent the land loss caused by water and wind erosion, desertification, saltiness, contamination by wastes and inputs used in agricultural production. Overall, it aims to address the negative impacts from agriculture than seeking to support the positive synergies between farming and nature.