Agroforestry Actions in Italy: An Economic Analysis Using the European Database FADN

ASGEAR, Association of Economic and Geographical Studies on Rural Areas, Rieti, Italy


GALLUZZO, N., 2014. Agroforestry actions in Italy: An Economic analysis using the European database FADN. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 20: 727-733


In Italy over the last 20 years there has been a growth of afforestated surfaces stimulated by activated measures financed by the second pillar of Common Agricultural Policy. The impact of funds allocated by the European Union to promote agroforestry and other actions about rural development has been investigated throughout the dataset Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). Using a quantitative approach, or rather a multiple regression model on the time series of the FADN, it has been possible during more than 20 years to evaluate the role of financial supports both towards the rural development and also specifically on the growth of afforestation in Italy, which may be pivotal to farms to promote multifunctionality and to lessen the rural depopulation. Another quantitative paradigm has found out, as there are not relationships of causality between the variable afforestated surfaces and funds allocated to promote the rural development as well. The analysis of efficiency has been the most and foremost aspect to estimate during three different seven-year time of implementing of Rural Development Programs if there has been a negative change in economic and technical efficiency in Italian farms.

Key word: rural development funds, multiple regression model, Italian afforestated surfaces, efficiency, Granger causality, multifunctionality, rural depopulation

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