Public funding of Czech agricultural NGOs in times of financial and economic crisis.
|Year of publication||2015|
|Type||Article in Proceedings|
|Conference||Current Trends in Public Sector Research. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference.|
|MU Faculty or unit|
|Keywords||Agricultural NGOs; Sustainable agriculture and rural development; Financial and economic crises; State budget.|
|Description||The main argument supporting the need for public funding of agricultural NGOs is that the intensifying relations between the government and NGOs bring significant benefits to sustainable agriculture and rural development. We address both the public funding of the agricultural NGOs in times of financial and economic crisis and the dynamics of the decrease of public subsidies, and then examine empirical evidence concerning their impact on agricultural NGOs with sustainable agriculture and rural development impact in the Czech Republic. We assume that the agricultural NGOs with significant benefit to sustainable agriculture and rural development can suffer less by the public subsidies decrease. The research was performed with respect to data collected for the five-year period from 2006 to 2012. The analysis was based on a sample of all 910 agricultural NGOs which obtained state budget subsidies, reflecting the general structure of agricultural NGOs in the Czech Republic. We used the theory of sets and cluster analysis that we applied to classify the agricultural NGOs into groups (sets) by main agricultural scope. The results of the analysis are ambiguous. One set of the agricultural NGOs with SARD impact have gained fewer public subsidies, furthermore the new group of agricultural NGOs with SARD impact has arisen. These ambiguous results suggest that this is an area with interesting potential for further research.|