De Rosa, Marcello and McElwee, Gerard (2015) An empirical investigation of the role of rural development policies in stimulating rural entrepreneurship in the Lazio Region of Italy. Society and Business Review, 10 (1). ISSN 1746-5680

The objective of the paper is to provide an analysis of the adoption of Rural Development Policies (Rdp) as the result of entrepreneurial behaviours carried out by family farms with a focus on the Lazio Region of Italy. Family farming is the backbone of the European model of agriculture. Rdp provide family farms with a set of opportunities which, if well exploited, could drum up farm’s development.

An empirical analysis of a data base provided by the Lazion region of Italy on the adoption of rdp by family farms in the Lazio region for the period 2007-2013. Cluster analysis is the main analytical tool employed.

Our results evidence significant differences in the adoption of rural policy on the basis of family life cycle and the composition of the family farm. The empirical analysis underlines the low degree of coherence by farms located in rural areas.

Practical implications
Farmers’ success in accessing funds requires them to be proactive and take a strategic perspective in order to convince funders that they have a coherent strategy which meets the requirements of the particular Rdp which they are trying to access.

The paper is unique in that it considers the consumption of Policy by farmers who are entrepreneurial in their vision. By consumption of Rdp we mean the farmer's strategic capability to obtain funds from regional funding pots for rural development

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