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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francisco Areal

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Abstract

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


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Author(s): Areal FJ, Riesgo L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Land Use Policy

Year: 2014

Volume: 36

Pages: 453-553

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

Online publication date: 31/10/2013

Acceptance date: 07/10/2013

ISSN (print): 0264-8377

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5754

Publisher: Pergamon Press

URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.10.005

DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.10.005


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