Assessing the Links between Advisory Services and the Sustainability of Farms.

Συγγραφείς:
Herrera B
Gerster-Bentaya, M
Irene Tzouramani
Knierim A
Τύπος: Conference Paper
Τίτλος Περιοδικού: 23rd European Seminar on Extension (and) Education, “Transformative learning: new directions in agricultural extension and education”, Chania, Greece, July 4-7, 2017.
'Ετος δημοσίευσης: 2017
Θέμα:
agricultural extension
agricultural economics
farming systems
sustainable agriculture
Περιγραφή:

This research aims to explore the use of advisory services and their linkages to the economic, environmental and social performance of farms. Using a sample of 1096 farms in nine countries (Germany, Greece, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Spain and France) 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 contacts 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. 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. 


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