The Resilience of Bergamot Farmers to Economic Shocks in the Reggio Calabria Province

Bergamot is a citrus fruit chiefly used in the fragrance industry and mainly cultivated in the Reggio Calabria district (Italy). The primary purpose of the study was to assess the contribution of bergamot production to farmers' livelihood resilience and to analyse the evolution of the bergamot sector over last years. This article is based on the quantitative analysis of originally collected data originating from the interviews to 326 farmers. The study demonstrated that bergamot production in a stable market provides an opportunity to diversify income sources and foster household resilience. Moreover if adequately supported the sector can be an engine of growth for thewhole district.

Contact: Federico Ciani

Project Dates: 2016

Keywords: Resilience, Agriculture, Value Chain