Understanding farm generational renewal and its influencing factors in EuropeCoopmans, Isabeau; Dessein, Joost; Accatino, Francesco; Antonioli, Federico; Bertolozzi-Caredio, Daniele; Gavrilescu, Camelia; Gradziuk, Piotr; Manevska Tasevska, Gordana; Meuwissen, Miranda; Peneva, Mariya; Pettit, Andrea; Urquhart, Julie; Wauters, Erwin
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.
KeywordsAgriculture; Farm succession; Generational renewal; Young farmers; Decision-making; Europe
Published inJournal of Rural Studies
2021, volume: 86, pages: 398-409
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