Introduction to Dieci anni di politica agraria by Manlio Rossi-Doria - After a quick review of prevailing conditions of agriculture in the Italian Mezzogiorno in the Fifties, a general sketch of Rossi-Doria’s work is presented. His main areas of interest were land property, institutional problems, soil conservation, the problems of rural areas in the hills and farm production in general. The book Dieci anni di politica agraria nel Mezzogiorno contains a very good description of rural problems of that time, together with the discussion of political instruments that may be apt to solve them. European societies and agriculture have changed quite a bit in recent years. Farming in areas such as the Mezzogiorno has changed its role and has acquired new perspectives. A renewed discussion of both must begin from the analysis of the past and may profit quite a lot
from Rossi-Doria’s approach. For this reason his work is far from been obsolete, but should still be considered a necessary step towards modern economic and policy analysis of Mezzogiorno’s agriculture.