The adoption of agricultural extension policies in the Italian farms
New Medit, vol 12, n.3, (September 2013), pp. 20-27
Jel classification: Q16, Q18
The policy for agricultural extension services (AES) has been revitalized during the last phases of rural development policies (2007/2013), to empower human capital in agriculture. A wider package of measures aiming at improving the provision of extension services at farm level is foreseen and financial resources have been allocated in all Italian regions, to strengthen the measures. The paper aims at testing whether such a high proportion of funding matches high levels of utilization of services on behalf of the farms. By assimilating farmers to consumers of AES, the analysis proposes a classification of the farms on the basis of their propensity to consume services.
extension activities, rural development strategies, farmers, Italy