Nestled in the eastern Alps, some 60% of Austria's countryside is mountainous and almost 90% of farms are found along its slopes. This leads to natural and specific constraints for farmers. The latest Common Agricultural Policy has provisions for people trying to exploit such difficult terrain. FRANCE 24 looks at how effective those funds are in keeping the hills alive with the sound of farmers. Co-financed by the European Commission. This reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained.