Special Issue "Structural Changes on Family Farms in Developed, Developing and Transition Economies"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2021).
Agricultural sectors are continuously changing in all countries due to technological innovations, institutional reforms, market forces and economic policies and are expected to change even further due to climate change. Among the notable structural changes are the decline in farm numbers and the increase in the size of farms, as well as changes in the product mix and specialization. These changes are important to understand as they have clear implications for food security, both locally and globally, and the resilience of rural economies. Despite the changes that seem to favor larger operations, family farms still dominate, at least in number. Structural changes in family farms are unique because they are also affected by family decisions, such as income diversification and intergenerational succession. This Special Issue of Agriculture aims to collect case study analyses of the causes and consequences of structural changes on family farms in developed, developing and transition economies. International comparisons are also welcome. Papers focusing on specific institutional arrangements and policy reforms are particularly encouraged. Key topics in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Interlinkages between different aspects of structural change;
- Do observed structural changes result primarily from adaptations on continuing farms or from selective entry and exit?
- Role of policy reforms in the structural change process;
- Food security implications of structural changes;
- Family farm structural change and the resilience of rural areas;
- Farm structural changes and sustainability;
- Gender roles and farm structural change.
Prof. Ayal Kimhi
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- family farms
- structural changes
- institutional arrangements
- policy reforms