A past and a future for diversification on farms? Some evidence from large-scale, commercial farms in South East England

Walford, Nigel (2003) A past and a future for diversification on farms? Some evidence from large-scale, commercial farms in South East England. Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, 85(1), pp. 51-62. ISSN (print) 0435-3684

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Abstract

Diversification has been identified as a common response to the agricultural crisis of the 1980s and to the changing ethos of agricultural policy in the closing decade of the 20th century. In particular, farmers operating large-scale farms have been prominent in adopting this approach, just as they were innovative across a range of farming practices in the expansion and modernisation of their agricultural production in earlier decades. Can we identify serial diversifiers within this sector of the farming community, who are disposed to react in an entrepreneurial fashion to the changing fortunes of agriculture? The paper draws on results from a survey of large-scale commercial farmers in South East England and, by examining the sequence in which various forms of diversification were adopted, identifies a temporal pattern as farmers responded to the fluctuating fortunes of the agricultural industry over the last 30 years. But has the potential for diversification been exhausted? The paper also considers future prospects for diversification within the large-scale, commercially oriented sector of the agricultural industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture, commercial farming, diversification, pluriactivity, South-East England
Research Area: Geography and environmental studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Geography, Geology and Environment > Centre for Earth and Environmental Science Research (CEESR)
Depositing User: Nigel Walford
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2008 17:22
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570

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