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The financial significance and impact of support payments for organic farms

Nieberg, Hiltrud; Offermann, Frank and Zander, Katrin (2005) The financial significance and impact of support payments for organic farms. Paper at: Researching Sustainable Systems - International Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture, Adelaide, Australia, September 21-23, 2005. [Unpublished]

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Organic farming has been financially supported throughout Europe since 1994. In this period, the sector has shown very dynamic development. In the meantime, a large range of measures has been offered, targeting the promotion of the organic food sector. Measured against the level of finance expended, payments for the introduction and maintenance of organic farming continue to emphasise policies supporting organic farming in Europe. Against the background of increasing discussion on the shape and level of organic farming payments, the question emerges of their impact on the sustainable development of organic farming.
In this contribution, the main features of organic payments are first briefly presented. Then the importance that farmers from different European countries place on the payments with regard to their decision to convert and the economic viability of their farms is discussed. On the basis of farm models and farm accounting data, the significance of organic payments, in relation to other agricultural supports and to organic price premiums, will be analyzed, followed by a discussion of their influence on international competitiveness.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming support, economic viability, international competitiveness
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/4013/, http://www.isofar.org/adelaide2005, http://orgprints.org/view/projects/int-conf-isofar-2005.html
Deposited By: ISOFAR
ID Code:4432
Deposited On:03 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:30
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The paper presented here is the final paper submitted by the authors to the conference Researching Sustainable Systems.
The final edited papers are available with the following publication:
Köpke, Ulrich; Niggli, Urs; Neuhoff, Daniel; Cornish, Peter; Lockeretz, Willie und Willer, Helga, (Hrsg.) (2005) Researching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), 21 – 23 September 2005, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick, and International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o Institute of Organic Agriculture (IOL), DE-University of Bonn. http://orgprints.org/4013/
Distribution: Paper copies may be ordered from FiBL at a cost of 28 Euros plus mailing costs (see FiBL shop at http://www.fibl.org/shop); FiBL order number 1394. A PDF version is available free of charge for ISOFAR members via the member area of www.isofar.org.

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