Title: Land fragmentation and production diversification: A case study from rural Albania
Authors: CIAIAN PAVELFATMIR GURIRAJCANIOVA MIROSLAVADRABIK DUSANGOMEZ Y PALOMA SERGIO
Citation: LAND USE POLICY vol. 76 p. 589-599
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC110622
ISSN: 0264-8377
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837716305762
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC110622
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.02.039
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We analyze the impact of land fragmentation on production diversification in rural Albania. Albania represents a particularly interesting case for studying land fragmentation as the fragmentation is a direct outcome of land reforms. The results indicate that land fragmentation is an important driver of production diversification of farm households in Albania. We find that land fragmentation stimulates significantly more diversification for subsistence farm households than for market-oriented households. Our findings have two key policy implications: (i) the consolidation policies that relocate and enlarge plots would have a significant impact on reducing agricultural production diversification; and (ii) land fragmentation contributes to the nutritional security improvement by increasing the variety of foodstuffs produced by subsistence farm households.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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