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Title:Subsistence and semi-subsistence farming in selected EU new member states PDF Logo
Authors:Davidova, Sophia
Fredriksson, Lena
Bailey, Alastair
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:School of Economics discussion papers 09,20
Abstract:Factor and cluster analysis are used to analyse the attitudes and perceptions of agricultural households in five EU New Member States towards farming, commercialisation, and barriers to and drivers for an increased integration in agricultural markets. The contribution of unsold output to the total household income is valued. A stepwise linear regression is employed to detect important variables explaining the degree of agricultural market integration of farm households. The analysis indicates that subsistence farming is of utmost importance for the rural poor, and particularly in Bulgaria and Romania. The proportion of consumption from own production, manual cultivation techniques and distance to an urban centre negatively affect output sales. Rural development policies targeted at rural physical and market infrastructure might relieve some of these constraints.
Subjects:agricultural households
subsistence
commercialisation
incomes
cluster analysis
stepwise regression
JEL:Q12
Q13
O18
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:School of Economics Discussion Papers, University of Kent

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