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Assessing agricultural policy incentives for Greek organic agriculture: A Real options approach

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  • Tzouramani, Irene
  • Sintori, Alexandra
  • Liontakis, Angelos E.
  • Alexopoulos, George

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The adoption of organic agriculture or livestock involves risk and uncertainty, and to overcome this, well designed schemes are required. Are the current support measures attractive for farmers who wish to convert to organic? At first, this study tries to assess the optimal investment trigger for a new comer into organic dairy sheep farming system and secondly, to evaluate the investment profitability of an existing organic farmer in his attempt to improve his farm. Results indicate that the framework of real options analysis is an appropriate form of analysis if the question of investment profitability is examined under risk and uncertainty and the role of economic subsidies offered to organic farmers is assessed.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 114th Seminar, April 15-16, 2010, Berlin, Germany with number 61096.

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Keywords: organic agriculture; dairy sheep farming; real options; agriculture policy; Agricultural and Food Policy; Farm Management; Land Economics/Use;

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