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Transformations of agricultural extension services in the EU: Towards a lack of adequate knowledge for small-scale farms

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  • Labarthe, Pierre
  • Laurent, Catherine E.

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This paper examines the consequences of the transformations of extension services for small scale farms. It presents the results of investigations embedded in regulation theory, which combine a comparative institutional analysis, statistical data processing (national agricultural census) and direct surveys. We describe the transformations in the EU and show that they make it more difficult for small farms to access extension services and to benefit from “front office” support (i.e. direct advice from extensionists). Finally, we emphasize that due to the modification of the knowledge production regime, these small farms may also suffer new specific adverse effects resulting from the re-organization of the "back-office" R&D activities of these extension services (i.e. knowledge base updating, database building, scientific experiments, etc.).

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 111th Seminar, June 26-27, 2009, Canterbury, UK with number 52859.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa111:52859

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Keywords: Agricultural extension services; Small-scale farms; Institutional Analysis; Europe; Knowledge; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Q16; Q12; B52; P51; D83;

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  1. De Rosa, Marcello & Chiappini, Silvia, 2012. "The adoption of agricultural extension policies in the Italian farms," 126th Seminar, June 27-29, 2012, Capri, Italy 126155, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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