Weighing up the ODDs: options, development and diversification
Prag, P., (2001) Weighing up the ODDs: options, development and diversification. Working Papers in Land Management and Development. 01/01. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp7.
The growing trend of development and diversification in the British countryside stems from three main causes: the decline in farm incomes, the growing influx of non-agricultural commerce into rural areas and a change in planning policies. Even before the foot and mouth disaster, farm incomes have been in decline over the last five years, falling by as much as 90% overall in that period according to the figures issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF). Farmers have responded to this situation in many ways, but notably through diversification. This paper examines some of the options available.