ERIC Number: EJ731741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Farm Household Survival Strategies and Diversification on Marginal Farms
Meert, H.; Van Huylenbroeck, G.; Vernimmen, T.; Bourgeois, M.; van Hecke, E.
Journal of Rural Studies, v21 n1 p81-97 Jan 2005
On marginal farms, and in agriculture in general, sustainability is largely guaranteed by a broad range of survival strategies, closely interlinked and embedded in the household structure of typical family farms. This paper reports results of a socio-economic study carried out among Belgian farmers, focusing specifically on the opportunities offered by different forms of diversification. Analyses from in-depth interviews indicate the possible role of new activities in the survival of many farms. The curative potential of this strategy is, however, strongly conditioned by the availability of capital within the household. Therefore, off-farm employment is often the most accessible strategy, not only for the survival of the household, but also for supplementing the income necessary to maintain the farm activities.
Descriptors: Agricultural Occupations, Daily Living Skills, Family Income, Poverty, Family (Sociological Unit), Agriculture, Rural Farm Residents, Socioeconomic Influences, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium