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Special Issue "Financial Energy in Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 April 2023 | Viewed by 1363

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Agnieszka Strzelecka
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Faculty of Economics, Department of Finance, Koszalin University of Technology, Kwiatkowskiego 6e, 75-343 Koszalin, Poland
Interests: personal finance, corporate finance, farm finance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Financial energy is an interdisciplinary concept. Its importance is emphasized in energy and financial markets, pricing mechanisms, energy corporate finance, green finance and investment, energy derivative markets, energy risk management [1]. This approach also allows for treating money as a source of energy [2] that activates a number of processes in economic entities. Therefore, financial energy affects the general financial condition of enterprises or households [3,4]. It is also important for the development of agricultural holdings [5].

Agriculture is an area around which many of the Sustainable Development Goals concentrate [6]. Farms are an important link in the food supply chain; therefore, their efficiency affects the global level of poverty and directly contributes to the exploitation or protection of natural resources of each country. Investing in agriculture, especially sustainable agriculture, contributes to socio-economic development, which results from its high impact, among others, on trade and industrial processing [7]. Financial energy directed to farms is, therefore, an important aspect of sustainable development.

The aim of the research that will be presented in this Special Issue is, therefore, to show the importance of financial energy in the processes of farm development, with particular emphasis on sustainable agriculture. The scope of the Special Issue mainly covers the assessment of the implementation of financial energy in agriculture. 

The research results presented in the Special Issue may be used by institutions supporting the sustainable development of farms through the use of financial energy.

References:

[1] Zhang, D. Energy Finance: Background, Concept, and Recent Developments. Emerg. Mark. Financ. Trade 201854, 1687–1692.

[2] Melnychenko, O. The Energy of Finance in Refining of Medical Surge Capacity. Energies 2021, 14, 210.

[3] Korol, T. Evaluation of the Macro- and Micro-Economic Factors Affecting the Financial Energy of Households. Energies 202114, 3512.

[4] Korol, T. Examining Statistical Methods in Forecasting Financial Energy of Households in Poland and Taiwan. Energies 202114, 1821.

[5] Zawadzka, D, Strzelecka, A, Szafraniec-Siluta, E. Debt as a Source of Financial Energy of the Farm—What Causes the Use of External Capital in Financing Agricultural Activity? A Model Approach. Energies. 2021; 14(14):4124.

[6] Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations, A/RES/70/1, 2015.

[7] Dwie dekady rozwoju polskiego rolnictwa. Innowacyjność sektora rolnego w XXI wieku. Polski Instytut Ekonomiczny, Warszawa, 2021; 22-22.

Prof. Dr. Danuta Zawadzka 
Dr. Agnieszka Strzelecka
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • financial energy in the economics of enterprises and farms
  • instruments for supporting farms as a source of financial energy
  • determinants of diversification of financial energy sources in agriculture
  • green finances in agriculture
  • the use of financial energy in sustainable agriculture
  • the importance of financial energy in farm development strategies
  • financial energy of farms during the covid-19 pandemic

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Savings as a Source of Financial Energy on the Farm—What Determines the Accumulation of Savings by Agricultural Households? Model Approach
Energies 2023, 16(2), 696; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16020696 - 06 Jan 2023
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The aim of this study was to identify and evaluate the factors influencing the propensity of farm households to accumulate savings, which in this work are treated as a source of financial energy, taking into account socioeconomic characteristics relating to the farmer and [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to identify and evaluate the factors influencing the propensity of farm households to accumulate savings, which in this work are treated as a source of financial energy, taking into account socioeconomic characteristics relating to the farmer and their household, as well as farm characteristics. Classification and regression tree analysis (CRT) was used to achieve this goal. The study was conducted on a group of farms in Central Pomerania (Poland) participating in the Farm Accountancy Data Network. Data on 348 farms, obtained through a survey carried out in 2020 using a direct survey questionnaire, were used for the analyses. On the basis of the application of the classification-regression tree method, it was found that income (INC) was the key factor differentiating the studied population in terms of savings, followed by the agricultural area (AREA) and the level of education of the head of the household (EDU). It was also found that, in the case of households representing a lower income class, when the head of the household had at most secondary education and was over 34.5 years of age, having a successor (SUC) was also a factor influencing the accumulation of savings; however, the direction of this relationship was negative. Full article
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Human Capital as a Source of Energy for Rural Areas’ Socio-Economic Development—Empirical Evidence for Rural Areas in Poland
Energies 2022, 15(21), 8281; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15218281 - 05 Nov 2022
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This article deals with the issue of human capital as a factor responsible for the emergence of development inequalities in rural areas. Its main goal is to analyze and evaluate the existing differences in the distribution of human capital resources in rural areas [...] Read more.
This article deals with the issue of human capital as a factor responsible for the emergence of development inequalities in rural areas. Its main goal is to analyze and evaluate the existing differences in the distribution of human capital resources in rural areas in Poland in relation to their socio-economic situation. The essence of human capital is expressed through the analogy of energy and capital in relation to the concept of homo energeticus. The essence of human capital is also expressed in terms of two components of its structure, i.e., health and the labor market. The level of human capital was expressed using two synthetic measures, i.e., the human capital ratio in the field of health (HCH) and the labor market (HCLM). The obtained research results indicate the existing differences in the spatial distribution of human capital, resulting in a polarization effect in the center-periphery system, and showing relations with the socio-economic structure of rural areas, their agricultural function, and the ongoing population processes. The assumption about the existing relations between the individual components of the structure of human capital, i.e., health and the labor market, with the socio-economic situation of individual communes should be considered correct. The obtained results of the empirical analysis constitute an important contribution to the description of the mechanism explaining the causes of the existing disproportions in the level of rural development; they allow for a more optimal planning of the instruments supporting their development at the local level. The empirical analysis was carried out in spatial terms with regard to rural areas in Poland defined in accordance with the administrative criterion of the Central Statistical Office at the lowest local (rural) level of data aggregation. The analysis covers rural and urban-rural communes in Poland, i.e., 2172 spatial units. The source of data for the synthetic measures (HCH and HCLM) was Local Data Bank Statistics Poland (LDB SP), and that for the indicator of the level of socio-economic development for rural areas (S-EDI) was the European Fund for Polish Rural Development (EFRWP). Full article
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