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Project ID: QLK5-CT-2002-02718
Financiado con arreglo a: FP5-LIFE QUALITY
País: United Kingdom

Novel data set on adoption of organic farming in CEECs

Title: The Adoption of Organic Farming Practices in six high diffusion regions of new EU member states.

Current organic markets are underdeveloped in New Member States, but diffusion is increasing due to the policy framework put in place during EU accession. Though, diffusion speed is very varied, depending on the design and delivery of the agri-environmental measure and the implementation of a functioning institutional, in terms of delivery of support infrastructure, and a framework to explore opportunities for market development. The creativity of a strong bottom-up movement of farmers and support institutions, embedded in an active policy framework promoting integrated rural development is the most distinctive advantage to develop market potentials successfully.

A positive example for this could be found in the Latvian case study. In some instances like in Hungary, the rising demand in Western Europe constitutes a demand-pull factor for larger farms, but this is not matched by appropriate developments on the home market. If the development is only initiated top-down without the associate implementation of a broader vision for integrated policy and activation of varied stakeholders, the danger is given that the diffusion will stay dependent on the level of the agri-environmental measure also in the future.

The main influencing factors for the conversion to organic farming are the agri-environmental measure, prospects for market development, and peer influence. Attitudes of farmers are less importance.

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