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The effects of changing regional Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System on Italian farmers’ strategies

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  • Pascucci, Stefano
  • de-Magistris, Tiziana

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The aim of this paper is to identify and assess the role played by innovative extension services in affecting farmers’ strategy. More specifically we implement a multivariate probit model to evaluate the effects of different types of extension services introduced by a reform in the domain of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) in Italy. The results show that both generalist and specialized services could play a major role in farmers’ value creation strategies. They also confirm that different strategies for creating value are jointly implemented. Finally, they show that a further improvement in the quality of public provision of extension services within regional AKIS and a greater (systemic) interaction between farmers, rural actors and local networks should be supported.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Agricultural Systems.

Volume (Year): 104 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9 ()
Pages: 746-754

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Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:104:y:2011:i:9:p:746-754

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Keywords: Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System; Farmer strategies; Rural development; Multivariate probit; Italy;

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  1. Abebe, Gumataw K. & Bijman, Jos & Pascucci, Stefano & Omta, Onno, 2013. "Adoption of improved potato varieties in Ethiopia: The role of agricultural knowledge and innovation system and smallholder farmers’ quality assessment," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 122(C), pages 22-32.

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