The distribution of organic farming and its institutional success factors: an analysis based on regions in which organically farmed areas are particularly dense.

I. Problem

The significance of organic farming has steadily increased throughout the years. However, this spread has been shown to differ regionally. Little is known about the endogenous institutional factors required for the successful regional spread of organic farming, or of its relation to external institutional driving forces and obstructive factors.

II. Objective

It is planned to undertake an analysis illustrating how significantly institutional success factors determine the spread of organic farming in regions with a particularly high density of organically managed farmsteads. Furthermore, the analysis will investigate what these factors are and if they could be strengthened politically.

III. Work hypothesis

Due to an inadequate level of institutional support for the expansion of organic farming, a resultant bottleneck may occur, despite having positive farm conditions. In addition to this, one can assume that the establishment of formal and other related institutions plays a major role. However, these institutions are not detectable at first sight, because of their informality.

Principal investigators
Hagedorn, Conrad Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (Details) (Resource Economics)

Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung

Duration of project
Start date: 07/2002
End date: 03/2004

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