Cooperatives, Wheat Diversity and the Crop Productivity in Southern Italy

S. Di Falco, Charles Perrings

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Abstract

This chapter presents an empirical study testing the relationship of cooperatives to crop diversity and productivity, using regional, time-series data. The potential role of agricultural institutions has been neglected in previous literature that has investigated the productivity effects of crop biodiversity. However, institutional structures, such as agricultural cooperatives, can influence aggregate level of crop biodiversity through their food processing and marketing role. Data are drawn from southern Italy, a megadiversity area for wheat where a broad range of old and new varieties, including landraces, are grown. Different wheat varieties have differentiated characteristics that can create farmer demand for diverse types, derived from processor and consumer demand for differentiated products. A Cobb-Douglas production function is estimated with a first-difference model and a dynamic panel model. Cooperative concentration is associated with a higher level of wheat diversity. Furthermore, intracrop diversity is beneficial to wheat productivity at the regional level, over the decade considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationValuing Crop Biodiversity: On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change
PublisherCABI Publishing
Pages270-279
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0851990835, 9780851990835
StatePublished - Dec 12 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Italy
cooperatives
Triticum
wheat
Biodiversity
crops
food marketing
biodiversity
Food Handling
production functions
consumer demand
new variety
Marketing
food processing
landraces
time series analysis
farmers
testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Di Falco, S., & Perrings, C. (2005). Cooperatives, Wheat Diversity and the Crop Productivity in Southern Italy. In Valuing Crop Biodiversity: On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change (pp. 270-279). CABI Publishing.

Cooperatives, Wheat Diversity and the Crop Productivity in Southern Italy. / Di Falco, S.; Perrings, Charles.

Valuing Crop Biodiversity: On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change. CABI Publishing, 2005. p. 270-279.

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Di Falco, S & Perrings, C 2005, Cooperatives, Wheat Diversity and the Crop Productivity in Southern Italy. in Valuing Crop Biodiversity: On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change. CABI Publishing, pp. 270-279.
Di Falco S, Perrings C. Cooperatives, Wheat Diversity and the Crop Productivity in Southern Italy. In Valuing Crop Biodiversity: On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change. CABI Publishing. 2005. p. 270-279
Di Falco, S. ; Perrings, Charles. / Cooperatives, Wheat Diversity and the Crop Productivity in Southern Italy. Valuing Crop Biodiversity: On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change. CABI Publishing, 2005. pp. 270-279
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