Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural
https://revistasober.org/article/doi/10.1590/1806-9479.2020.193664
Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural
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New entrants policy into agriculture: researching new farmers’ satisfaction

Investigación de la satisfacción de los nuevos agricultores sobre la política de los nuevos participantes en la agricultura

Fotios Chatzitheodoridis; Achilleas Kontogeorgos

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Abstract

Abstract:: During the last three decades, the European Union has adopted a series of policies aiming to increase the new farmers entering the primary sector. This scheme, namely the “New Entrants Policy”, is reflected to the relevant regulations of the Common Agricultural Policy. After many years of implementation, there is still limited information regarding young farmers’ perceptions and participation to this scheme. Against this backdrop, a questionnaire was developed in order to assess the degree of new farmer’s satisfaction on their decision to enter the agricultural sector by participating in this scheme. Furthermore, we tried to evaluate the factors and motivations that determined their decision. The survey was carried out in Greece during an educational seminar specifically designed for new entrants in agriculture. In total, 254 new farmers answered questions concerning their experience from the implementation of the program. Additionally, executives of public services involved in the program implementation were interviewed in depth. Data analysis revealed that the majority of new entrants declare a high degree of satisfaction from their decision to enter agriculture. Specifically, those who display environmental consciousness related to field practices towards environment protection feel more satisfied with their decision.

Keywords

common agricultural policy, environmental consciousness, Greece, new farmers, participation satisfaction

Resumen

Resumen:: Durante las últimas tres décadas, la Unión Europea ha adoptado una serie de políticas destinadas a aumentar el número de nuevos agricultores que ingresan al sector primario. Este esquema, a saber, la “Política de nuevos entrantes”, se refleja en las reglamentaciones pertinentes de la Política Agrícola Común. Después de muchos años de implementación, información disponible sobre las percepciones y la participación de los jóvenes agricultores en este esquema es todavía limitada. Para superar este obstáculo se elaboró un cuestionario para evaluar el grado de de nuevos agricultores en su decisión de ingresar al sector agrícola participando en este esquema. Además, tratamos de evaluar los factores y las motivaciones que determinaron su decisión. La encuesta se llevó a cabo en Grecia durante un seminario educativo diseñado específicamente para nuevos participantes en la agricultura. Totalmente 254 nuevos agricultores respondieron preguntas sobre su experiencia de la implementación del programa. Por lo demás ejecutivos de los servicios públicos involucrados en la implementación del programa se entrevistó en profundidad. El análisis de datos reveló que la mayoría de los nuevos participantes declaran un alto grado de satisfacción de su decisión de ingresar a la agricultura. Específicamente, aquellos que muestran conciencia ambiental en prácticas de cultivo principalmente se sienten más satisfechos de su decisión.
 

Palabras clave

política agrícola común, conciencia medioambiental, Grecia, nuevos agricultores, satisfacción con la participación

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