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Institutional barriers to organic farming in Central and Eastern European countries in the Baltic Sea region.
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering.
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
2013 (English)In: Agricultural and Food Economics, ISSN 2193-7532, Vol. 1, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Presently there is an opportunity to promote organic farming in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) that joined the EU in 2004. The development of organic farming has the potential to decrease the amount of nutrient leaching to the Baltic Sea and could help to stop the environmental degradation of the Sea. However, this requires a diverse set of institutions. This paper explores the institutions that are lacking to promote full development of organic farming in the CEEC. A case study approach, formalised by introducing a set of indicators, has been used to identify the missing institutions. Data has been obtained from a desktop study, including a literature review, interviews and a questionnaire. The case studies partially support previous studies proposing that the development of organic farming proceeds along six steps: development of an organic farming community; development of the political recognition; establishment of financial support; establishment of non-competitive relationships between the organic sector and general agricultural institutions; development of a domestic organic food market; and development of a discussion and coordination arena. The results show that market development is the least developed step.

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2013. Vol. 1, no 5
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-21594DOI: 10.1186/2193-7532-1-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-21594DiVA, id: diva2:649319
Available from: 2013-09-18 Created: 2013-09-18 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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