Assessing the impact of ‘farming with dyslexia’ on local rural economies

Robert Smith*, Gillian Conely, Anne M.J. Smith, Gerard McElwee

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    This viewpoint article discusses the contemporary yet hidden issue of ‘Farming with Dyslexia’. Of interest to policy analysts, researchers, and practitioners, the purpose of this discussion is to raise awareness of dyslexia at a time when there is increasing bureaucratisation of official farming support services. We discuss the issue from the perspective of local economic development and regeneration, as well as considering issues of economic empowerment within the context of wider social, political and economic change. With increasing pressure on farmers to become more entrepreneurial, navigating the effects of dyslexia on their daily farming routines and ultimately their often economically fragile fortunes demands that more attention is paid to the educational and social architecture that supports these rural communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)529-538
    Number of pages10
    JournalLocal Economy
    Issue number5
    Early online date23 Jun 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


    • agriculture
    • farming
    • dyslexia
    • rural economy


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