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Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe

Coopmans, Isabeau and Dessein, Joost and Accatino, Francesco and Antonioli, Federico and Bertolozzi-Caredio, Daniele and Gavrilescu, Camelia and Gradziuk, Piotr and Manevska Tasevska, Gordana and Meuwissen, Miranda and Peneva, Mariya and Pettit, Andrea and Urquhart, Julie and Wauters, Erwin (2021). Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe. Journal of Rural Studies. 86 , 398-409
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Abstract

Understanding the complex process of generational renewal (GR) in agriculture is essential for supporting the continuation of farming. This paper demonstrates how multiple factors, simultaneously and through their mutual interactions, influence GR and related individual decision-making processes. Results originated from 155 in-depth interviews performed on 85 farms in eleven European regions, and were triangulated with the literature. Our analysis, combining inductive and deductive approaches, revealed three conceptual phases (successor identity formation, farm succession process, and farm development) and fourteen factors important to understand GR. We elaborate how these factors interact, hence exert their impact on (one of) the phases in a complex and variable way. Implications highlight potential pitfalls and opportunities for attracting people into agriculture. Although policy-makers should be aware of their limited ability to affect GR by targeting the first phase, we propose some ideas that would complement current existing measures acting on the third phase.

Authors/Creators:Coopmans, Isabeau and Dessein, Joost and Accatino, Francesco and Antonioli, Federico and Bertolozzi-Caredio, Daniele and Gavrilescu, Camelia and Gradziuk, Piotr and Manevska Tasevska, Gordana and Meuwissen, Miranda and Peneva, Mariya and Pettit, Andrea and Urquhart, Julie and Wauters, Erwin
Title:Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in Europe
Series Name/Journal:Journal of Rural Studies
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:86
Page range:398-409
Number of Pages:12
ISSN:0743-0167
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:Agriculture, Farm succession, Generational renewal, Young farmers, Decision-making, Europe
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112810
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112810
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DOI10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.06.023
ID Code:25100
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Aug 2021 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2021 12:31

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