The original version of this article was prepared for the 111 EAAE-IAAE Seminar “Small Farms: Decline or Persistence” held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., 26–27 June 2009.
Subsistence and semi-subsistence farming in selected EU new member states
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2009
© 2009 International Association of Agricultural Economists
Volume 40, Issue Supplement s1, pages 733–744, November 2009
How to Cite
Davidova, S., Fredriksson, L. and Bailey, A. (2009), Subsistence and semi-subsistence farming in selected EU new member states. Agricultural Economics, 40: 733–744. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2009.00411.x
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2009
- Received 30 June 2009; received in revised form 18 August 2009; accepted 2 September 2009
- Agricultural households;
- Cluster analysis;
- Stepwise regression
Factor analysis and cluster analysis are used to analyze the attitudes and perceptions of agricultural households toward farming, commercialization, and barriers to and drivers for increased integration in agricultural markets. Data come from farms in five EU New Member States. The contribution of unsold output to total household income is valued. Stepwise linear regression is employed to detect variables useful in explaining the degree of agricultural market integration of farm households. The analysis indicates that subsistence farming is of utmost importance for the rural poor, particularly in Bulgaria and Romania. The proportion of consumption from own production, manual cultivation techniques, and distance to an urban center are negatively correlated with output sales. Rural development policies targeted at rural physical and market infrastructure might relieve some of these constraints.