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Direct payments coupled to labour force – socio-economic consequences to organic farming –

Stolze, Matthias (2002) Direct payments coupled to labour force – socio-economic consequences to organic farming –. In: Proceedings of the 14th IFOAM Organic World Congress, IFOAM, p. 279.

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Labour input on organic farms in Switzerland and Germany is on average 20% higher than on comparable conventional farms (Offermann and Nieberg 2000). Therefore, it is not surprising, that policy-makers expect positive impacts both on organic farming development and on rural employment by modifying the current direct payment approach. However, Dabbert et al. (2002) expect only minor effects to agricultural employment due to the small size of the sub-sector.
The supporters of modified payment schemes argue, that coupling direct payments to labour force might lead to a fairer allocation of subsidies. ‘Fairer allocation’ in this context means reallocation of payments from large farms with low labour input per hectare to small family farms where labour input per hectare is higher. The opponents on the other side point out that structural change would slow down.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Wirkungsanalyse Agrarpolitik, direct payments, labour use, agricultural policy, Europe
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
Deposited By: Stolze, Dr. Matthias
ID Code:2659
Deposited On:18 May 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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