The world of agriculture today
Agriculture in Wallonia is evolving along the same lines as elsewhere in Europe. Beside production activities, the need to manage rural areas and maintain the quality of the environment is giving rise to a whole string of new activities. At the administrative level, it is the regional authorities that have had full responsibility for these activities since 2002, acting as the interface between the farmers and the constantly updated European directives. This interface role extends beyond the complex organisation required to distribute farming subsidies and includes management of the various agri-environmental interests, such as the preservation of ecosystems, maintenance of landscape diversity, conservation of the local rural heritage and sustainable agriculture.