Advisory services and farm-level sustainability

Συγγραφείς:
Herrera B
Gerster-Bentaya, M
Irene Tzouramani
Knierim A
Τύπος: Report
Τίτλος Περιοδικού:
'Ετος δημοσίευσης: 2016
Πηγή: AGRERI
Συλλογή από: AGRERI
Θέμα:
agricultural extension
farmers
agricultural policies
agricultural economics
sustainable agriculture
Περιγραφή:

This research aims to explore the use of advisory services and its linkages to the economic, environmental and social performance of farms. Using the FLINT sample of 813 farms in eight countries (Germany, Greece, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Hungary, Poland and Spain) we have explored the use of advisory services and their linkages with sustainability as measured through farm-level indicators. Results indicate that there exist differences in the number of contact of farms with advisory services across countries, type of farms, farmers’ degree of agricultural education, utilized agricultural area, legal type of farm ownership and economic size of the farms. The number of contacts with advisory services is positively related with the adoption of innovation, measures of farm diversification, and the number of sources of information utilized at the farm level. With regard to economic sustainability indicators, there is a number of significant correlations with farm contacts with advisory services. Also correlations with environmental and social indicators were identified but causality chains were not determined. Overall, results suggest the importance of taking into account the heterogeneity of both the farming systems and the advice providing systems to assess the role of advisory services in farm-level sustainability. 


Χρηματοδότηση: "FLINT" Farm Level Indicators for New Topics in Policy Evaluation
 

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