Modelling Lithuanian family farms’ participation in agri-environmental subsidy schemes: a Neural Network Approach




Agri-environmental Subsidy, Agricultural Practices, Common Agricultural Policy, Neural Network, Multilayer Perceptron


Properly targeted agri-environmental subsidies (AES) can ensure the implementation of the European Green Deal goals. Hence, it is important to know what factors encourage family farms to participate in the AES schemes in order to select appropriate political tools and properly use the allocated subsidies. We propose a Multilayer Perceptron neural network to examine 34 Lithuanian crop family farms and identify the factors affecting their participation in the AES. The results indicate that the decision by the Lithuanian family farms regarding the participation mainly depends on a few factors, including the agricultural production output of the farm and farmers’ education, while other factors, such as farmer age and farm size, were less important.


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Author Biographies

Kristina Gesevičienė, Vytautas Magnus University

Faculty of Bioeconomy Development

Erika Besusparienė, Vytautas Magnus University

Faculty of Bioeconomy Development


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