To Cultivate or Not to Cultivate? An Exploratory Analysis of What Influences Greek Farmers’ Decisions Towards the Cultivation of Bioenergy Crops

  • Eugenia PetropoulouEmail author
  • Vasiliki Petousi
  • Irini Theodorakopoulou
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


Much emphasis is placed by the EU on bioenergy crops as a means of decreasing Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels and environmental sustainability and in turn, promoting potential rural development benefits from biomass production and processing. Various reasons have been identified in the literature as influencing the future of bioenergy in the EU. Critical among them is the farmers’ willingness to engage in bioenergy crops cultivation. While common concerns of farmers at the EU level have been identified in the relevant literature, evidence exists that such concerns differ at country and even local level. In this chapter, through an exploratory approach, we identify parameters which influence Greek farmers’ decisions to engage in the cultivation of bioenergy crops. Thematic analysis was implemented for the exploration of data from a focus group, from central Greece, involving farmers and relevant stakeholders. General themes such as socio-economic, institutional/policy support, environmental and land-use considerations emerged. Numerous sub-thematics involving social and value considerations (e.g. generation gap), issues of social capital such as trust in government institutions and strategic planning complement the general themes.


Bio-energy crops Focus group Farmers’ and local stakeholders’ perceptions Trust Greece 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugenia Petropoulou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vasiliki Petousi
    • 1
  • Irini Theodorakopoulou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CreteCreteGreece
  2. 2.Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organisation—DEMETERAthensGreece

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