Subsistence Farming, Incomes, and Agricultural Livelihoods in the New Member States of the European Union

Davidova, Sophia M. and Fredriksson, Lena and Gorton, Matthew and Mishev, Plamen and Petrovici, Dan Alex (2012) Subsistence Farming, Incomes, and Agricultural Livelihoods in the New Member States of the European Union. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 30 (2). pp. 209-227. ISSN 0263-774X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Drawing on primary survey data and the literature on sustainable livelihoods, we analyse agricultural households in five new member states of the EU which possess a large subsistence and semisubsistence farming sector. The study indicates that the contribution of subsistence farming to household incomes is significant. The profiling of agricultural households, using cluster analysis, reveals four main types which differ significantly in terms of engagement in nonmarketed production. The poorest households form the largest cluster. They possess low natural, physical, and social capital, operating small-scale and undercapitalised farms with little nonagricultural income. The main EU Common Agricultural Policy instruments are not well suited to respond to the specific needs of these poor subsistence farmers. © 2012 Pion Ltd and its Licensors.

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Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2012/// [EPrints field already has value set] AD - School of Economics, Cg. 3 Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - University of National and World Economy, Studentski Grad 'Hr Botev', 1700 Sofia, Bulgaria [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7PE, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Environ. Plann. C Gov. Policy [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Agricultural households, Central and Eastern Europe, Rural development, Subsistence farming, Sustainable livelihoods, agricultural production, agricultural worker, Common Agricultural Policy, European Union, farming system, household income, rural development, subsistence agriculture, Central Europe, Eastern Europe
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Marketing
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 13:51
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31045 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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