Part-time farming in OECD countries. General report


Part time farming in OECD countries General report: 63


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A comprehensive study on part-time farming was started by the Working Party on Agricultural Policies of the OECD Committee for Agriculture in 1975 because although part-time farming had become important in several highly industrialized member countries, precise statistical information was often lacking. Little was known about the motivations of part-time farmers, their kind of non-farm jobs or working conditions. The effects of dual job holding on resource use, farm output and productivity, regional and environmental aspects of part-time farming required investigation. The whole study examines the development of part-time farming in 14 OECD Member countries. The country studies, six of them in depth, are published in two separate volumes (see abstract and references below). This report, based on the country studies, gives the main findings and deals with part-time farming in an international context, throwing light on the many questions raised and discussing its future outlook. More is shown to be involved than just a spontaneous, partial adjustment of the farming sector to economic growth. The report also shows that part-time farming has broad policy implications of an agricultural, economic, social, regional and enviromental nature.