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Farmers' views on the future of olive farming in Andalusia, Spain

Areal, F. J. and Riesgo, L. (2014) Farmers' views on the future of olive farming in Andalusia, Spain. Land Use Policy, 36. pp. 543-553. ISSN 0264-8377

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.10.005


Andalusia, located in southern Spain, is the major olive production area worldwide. Due to the relevance of this agricultural sector on the regional income, this article investigates olive farmer's perspectives regarding olive production after their retirement and potential factors affecting these including economic, social, environmental and spatial factors. We use data from a survey conducted to 431 olive farmers in Andalusia in 2010. Our findings show spatial dependence in explaining farmer's views on the future of olive farming at relatively small distances. In addition other factors such as bad economic performance, erosion or olive diseases affect farmer's perception. We make propositions on what elements should be taking into account when designing agricultural policies aiming at guaranteeing the sustainability of olive farming in future.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
ID Code:34445
Uncontrolled Keywords:Olive grove; Farming abandonment; Spatial analysis; Andalusia

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