Title: Assessing the high protein crops wider diffusion in the European agricultural sector. The role and prospects of legumes

Authors: Leonidas Sotirios Kyrgiakos; Christina Kleisiari; Spyros Niavis

Addresses: Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Street, Nea Ionia, 38446, Greece ' Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Street, Nea Ionia, 38446, Greece ' Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, 28hs Octovriou 78, Volos, 38333, Greece

Abstract: Recently, there is a strong support of European Commission for the empowerment of high protein crops cultivation in Europe. The shift to a more high-protein inclusive sector is not free of challenges and constraints. Towards this objective, a strategic approach is essential. Responding to this need, the present paper builds on the existing knowledge produced by both field and macro-oriented studies and develops a framework for assessing the potential of high protein crops development. Emphasis is given on legumes as a variety of many environmental and agronomical benefits. The paper utilises a PESTE-SWOT analysis in order to evaluate how the strengths and weaknesses of such types of crop systems respond to the threats and opportunities emanating from the political, economic, social, technological and environmental factors of the external environment. The results show that among other actions, the wider dissemination of high protein crops benefits to farmers and consumers may have a key role for the achievement of their wider cultivation in Europe.

Keywords: protein sources; soybeans; PESTE-SWOT analysis; leguminous crops; Europe.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2020.10034332

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2020 Vol.6 No.3, pp.288 - 317

Received: 06 Feb 2020
Accepted: 26 Jun 2020

Published online: 04 Jan 2021 *

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