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Family Farming in Polish Podlasie: Anachronism or Overlooked Potential?

  • Pascal ChevalierEmail author
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Compared with its neighbours, Poland is an exception in a central Europe shaken by the drastic changes in political and economic systems after 1989 (Bazin and Bourdeau-Lepage 2011). Unlike almost all other former socialist countries – which had undergone a comprehensive process of collectivization of land and of agricultural production – Poland, given its agrarian history, had refused to submit to collectivization even though it had remained a professed goal of the country’s political regime. Since the country’s agriculture has been composed historically of a small peasantry deeply hostile to the communist ideology, the policy of collectivization could be implemented only very partially.

On the eve of the implosion of the communist political system in 1989, the sizes of the public sector (18.5% of the useful agricultural area (UAA) and 22% of agricultural employment) and the cooperative sector (3.7% of the useful agricultural area and 6% of agricultural employment) were relatively...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIRADUMR ART-DEVMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.ART-DEVUniv Montpellier, CIRAD, CNRS, Univ Montpellier 3, Univ Perpignan Via DomitiaMontpellierFrance

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