2012/1-2

SEMI-SUBSISTENCE FARMING SITUATION AND POLICY – THE EXAMPLE OF HUNGARY

by Csaba Forgács In Hungary small farms have played very important role since collectivization (1959-61). Up to radical changes small households have received strong support from coops in the field of providing inputs on one side and, marketing their products on the other. The latter was disrupted by radical reforms…

THE ROLE OF EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND HUMAN RESOURCES FOR THE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF NEW CAP: AN HYPOTHESIS OF CHANGE IN BASILICATA

by Contò F. and Fiore M., La Sala P. ,Papapietro P. The role of education, knowledge and human resources in the agribusiness becomes of primary importance for the development of agricultural sector and, more generally, of the territory. The main objective of the present paper is to verify the role…

THE ROLE OF AGRIBUSINESS IN STIMULATING ON-FARM INVESTMENTS – CASE-STUDY OF THE ARMENIAN DAIRY SECTOR

by Liesbeth Dries, Matthew Gorton, John White, Vardan Urutyan, Gagik Sardaryan This paper analyses the impact on investments of contractual arrangements between farms and agribusiness in the Armenian dairy sector. Our empirical evidence is based on a unique survey of 300 Armenian dairy farms. The dairy sector is of particular…

REGULATORY CHALLENGES OF INNOVATION IN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE MARKET AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW FOODS

by Brend van der Meulen  & Anna Sajkowska Regulatory authorities face the challenge to strike a fair balance between the interests of consumers to ensure the safety of innovative foods and agricultural products and the interest of innovative businesses.Worldwide prior authorization schemes are applied. This contribution explores characteristics, pros and…

GREEN NETWORKS: INNOVATIVE CAPACITY OF SMES IN THE DUTCH GREENHOUSE HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY

by Henk J. Schout, Saskia J. M. Harkema The Dutch greenhouse horticulture industry is characterized by world leadership in high-tech innovation. The dynamics of this playing field are innovation in production systems and automation, reduction in energy consumption and sharing limited space. However, international competitive advantage of the industry is…

THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: IMPLICATIONS FOR CAPITAL TO AGRIBUSINESS

by Bruce L. Ahrendsen The global economy has continued to experience lingering effects of the global financial crisis that began in 2007. Although attention was initially given to the liquidity crisis and survival of some the world’s largest corporations and institutions, the financial crisis is likely to have long-lasting implications…