Organic Farming as a Rural Development Factor in Poland – the Role of Good Governance and Local Policies

Ruta Śpiewak, Jakub Jasiński


The main goal of this article is to assess the conditions under which market-oriented and formally organised organic farming might become a factor for local development. The main question is: to what degree is the impact of this factor (organic farming) due to local policies and the quality of local governance? Based on research carried out in 2013 and in 2016 in various parts of Poland, the authors demonstrate when and under what conditions and circumstances organic farming may improve farmers’ social and economic conditions as well as the overall development of areas with a significant organic agricultural sector (proportionally to the local scale). The preliminary findings underline that local authorities in rural areas are an institution that can significantly contribute to the maintenance and development of organic farming in Poland.


organic farming; rural development; good governance; local governance, growth factors; endogenous resources

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ISSN 1869-6945


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