Vol. 71 No. 2 (2016)
Saggi e Ricerche

Market opportunities for social farms

Published 2016-12-30


  • social farms,
  • ethical food,
  • market opportunities,
  • multifunctionality

How to Cite

Bassi, I., Nassivera, F., & Piani, L. (2016). Market opportunities for social farms. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, 71(2), 97–110. https://doi.org/10.13128/REA-20074


Although social farming is seen as a successful and innovative sector, social farms face various challenges, among which the need to find additional income required to stay in business. However, assuming that social farm food is considered as having ethical attributes, the research aims at investigating to what extent consumers are conscious of some ethical concerns (problems related to social hardship, social equity, food quality etc.), and whether this  will create market opportunities for social farm food. The study area is the province of Pordenone (Italy). The results indicate that conscious consumers could represent an effective market channel also for social farm food, a notable opportunity for farms to improve their socioeconomic performance.


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