In 2017, quality agri-food products were confirmed to be a significant component of the Italian agricultural sector, as they contribute to maintain and strengthen human settlements, and develop mountainous and hilly areas, where there are over three quarters of producers (76.5%). From 2007 to 2017, both the total surface area (+81.7%) and the number of processors (+33.4) increased significantly; the increase in the number of producers (+6.3%) was more limited, with the female component limited to 16.2%.
In 2017, 0.10 tons of straight fertilizers per hectare of Sau were distributed for agricultural use in Italy, a decrease compared to 2016.
In 2015, Italian farms generated about 158 euros of value added per employee for every 100 euros of unit labour cost. This value differed a lot between large and small companies. The degree of vertical integration in agriculture was 60.3% and each company on average employed less than one full-time equivalent worker (0.6).