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This study addresses farmer satisfaction with organic certification and its determinants. The findings show that the majority of the interviewees are satisfied with the certification system. Furthermore, the perceived benefit in terms of farm income is the most important factor determining satisfaction, suggesting a need to improve communication of other potential benefits such as market access. The perceived bureaucracy associated with organic certification negatively affects farmers’ expectations, indicating that the simplification of the certification process and harmonisation of organic standards should be considered in the political debate. Surprisingly, the perceived reliability of organic certification has no significant effect on satisfaction. This study discusses market and policy implications.

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