Part time farming, underemployment and double activity of farmers in the EEC

Frank, W.

Sociologia Ruralis 23(1): 20-27

1983


ISSN/ISBN: 0038-0199
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1983.tb00728.x
Accession: 001106767

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Abstract
Part time farming can be defined in various ways. Three definitions in common use are based on the amount of work provided by the farm, the amount of labour contributed by the farmer and other members of the farm labour force, and other gainful activities of the farmer. Based on the results of the 1975 Farm Structure survey of the EC, the three approaches are quantified and compared, identifying regions with high concentrations of various types of part time farmers. It is concluded that no price policy will be able to achieve the income and social objectives of the Treaties of Rome in the absence of official farm structural adaptation, and that a good farm structure policy depends upon adequate analysis of structures in which part time farming is not overlooked. A socio-economic farm classification is developed which takes account of part time farming, sources of income, and the present or potential viability of the farm.

Part time farming, underemployment and double activity of farmers in the EEC