|Keywords:||Organic farming; Organic markets; Area payments; Public support measures; Farmers; Domínio/Área Científica::Ciências Sociais::Economia e Gestão|
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This work aims at studying organic sector in Portugal and, more specifically, the impact of public support measures in the organic sector development, production and market. The study is based on both a quantitative and qualitative analyze of organic historical data from 2000 to 2014, namely the evolution of organic area and organic holdings. The quantitative analysis uses Rural Development Programs and agricultural databases to evaluate the impact of subsidies allocated and the financial performance of holdings. The qualitative analyze relies on Portuguese expert’s opinion in recognizing what factors bring more contribution to organic sector’s development. The study concludes that policy support measures have had some impact on the organic sector development. However, some doubts about their effectiveness stand out. Advisors/Committee Members: Duarte, Clara Costa.