Special Issue "Developing the Evidence Base for Rural Development Policies and Interventions to Address Novel and Emerging Societal Problems"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francesco Caracciolo
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, 80055 Naples, Italy
Interests: development economics; food economics; ecosystem services; rural development; sustainable consumption
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Prof. Dr. Danilo Bertoni
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, Milano, Italy
Interests: environmental economics; rural development; sustainable agriculture; agricultural economics; agricultural policies
Prof. Dr. Raffaele Cortignani
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Forest Sciences, Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy
Interests: economic modeling; sustainable agriculture; forecasts; environmental analysis; mathematical programming; farm management; climate change; agricultural policies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic is emphasizing the importance of a resilient food system that ensures affordable food for consumers and helps to uncover the existing critical interrelations between ecosystem preservation, food system characteristics, and health. The need for a transition toward a more sustainable food system maximizing environmental, health, and social benefits while supporting economic growth is therefore particularly needed.

To foster this transition, countries are asked to orient their policy interventions in agriculture to improve their response to societal demands on food and health, including safe, nutritious, and sustainable food. Agricultural policies need to adapt to the current challenges, which leads to two relevant and related research gaps. Empirical evidence on the fitness and suitability of traditional measures and interventions in agriculture in achieving the expected outcomes and impact is particularly limited with regard to novel expectations and requests. The latter requires a better understanding of farm responses, of farmers’ willingness and capacity to adhere to the policy measures, and how these might impact the environmental and economic farming dimensions. Secondly, the need for the development of new methodologies and tools to analyze and deeply understand the impact of policy decisions on the novel spheres has been accelerated.

The Special Issue aims to include both empirical research articles and conceptual pieces covering (but not limited to) all stages of the agri-food system, from production to distribution, marketing, and consumption, which may contribute to develop an evidence base for rural development policies and interventions to address novel, emerging societal problems in both developed and developing countries.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Caracciolo
Prof. Dr. Danilo Bertoni
Prof. Dr. Raffaele Cortignani
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Rural development programs
  • Agri-environmental policies
  • Sustainable agriculture.
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable development
  • Agri-environmental measures
  • Policy evaluation
  • Impact assessment
  • Environmental laws and policy
  • Ecological intensification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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