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Strengths and weaknesses for the young farmers to abide in the Greek countryside: a triangulation approach

Alexandra Pliakoura (Department of Food of Science and Technology, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Grigorios N. Beligiannis (Department of Food of Science and Technology, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Athanasia Mavrommati (Department of Food of Science and Technology, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Achilleas Kontogeorgos (Department of Agriculture, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 9 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study seeks to identify and highlight the factors that hinder or favor young farmers in the quest to abide in the agricultural profession and to draw policy directions and axes of action to address the problem.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used a triangulation research approach with quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In total, 222 structured questionnaires and 9 personal interviews constituted the survey's data collection tools.

Findings

The results revealed a distinctive distribution of competencies. On the one hand, personal and entrepreneurial competencies make up the “strengths” of young farmers, and on the other hand, the lack of cooperative organizations and the lack of entrepreneurial education and training combined with a series of situational factors complete the puzzle of “weaknesses” the farmers face in the local daily becoming.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this study have academic and policy implications. Theoretically, this study contributes to the emerging literature that emphasizes the importance of farmers' competencies, collaboration, information and training in understanding the complex and different conditions that young farmers are called upon to manage.

Originality/value

The novelty of this study lies in the identification of both strengths and weaknesses that affect the abiding of young farmers in the agricultural profession.

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Acknowledgements

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

Citation

Pliakoura, A., Beligiannis, G.N., Mavrommati, A. and Kontogeorgos, A. (2023), "Strengths and weaknesses for the young farmers to abide in the Greek countryside: a triangulation approach", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-10-2022-0235

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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