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Overcoming barriers to conversion to organic farming in the European Union through markets for conversion products

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-31112
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,272,058 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,043,413 EUR
Scientific Officer: Massimo BURIONI
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
The EU currently imports a substantial proportion of organic produce. Converting to organic agriculture is a risky decision for farmers, despite the support payments available. This project seeks to increase the conversion rate through the identification of existing constraints. Furthermore, in keeping with EU policy to encourage market mechanisms for the support of agriculture, the project investigates the potential for growth and development of a niche market for horticulture, dairy and meat products from the second year of conversion. The project takes a food chain approach to the facilitation of conversion by including producer, retailer and consumer surveys. EU policies will be appraised in light of the findings of these surveys. The research findings and policy recommendations will be presented to representatives from the food industry and policy-making bodies.


Coordinator
Spencer HENSON
The University of Reading
Reading
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1189 316775
Fax: +44 1189 756467
E-mail: s.j.henson@reading.ac.uk


Partners
  Mara MIELE
University of Pisa
Pisa
ITALY
Tel.: +39 050571553
Fax: +39 050571344
E-mail: mmiele@agr.unipi.it
  Jens VESTERGAARD
Handelshoejskolen i Aarhus-The Aarhus School of Business
Arhus
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 89486688
Fax: +45 89486125
E-mail: Jens@hha.dk
  Cathal COWAN
TEAGASC - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Dublin
IRELAND
Tel.: +353 18059500
Fax: +353 18059550
E-mail: c.cowan@nfc.teagasc.ie
  Francisco CARVALHO GUERRA
Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Centro Regional do Porto
Porto
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 226196294
Fax: +351 226196291
E-mail: cegea@porto.ucp.pt