Effective natural handicap criteria application for productive and sustainable agricultural land-use management in Lithuania

  • Gintaras Jarasiunas Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
  • Eduardo J. Corbelle-Rico Department of Agricultural and Forest Engineering, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2382-6767
  • Radoslava Kanianska Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University Banská Bystrica

Abstract

Since 1975, European policy has provided some kind of support to areas with specific handicaps for agricultural production, in an attempt to maintain farming activities and population levels in them. The definition of clear criteria for the selection of the so called “Less Favoured Areas” (LFAs) is challenging because of the variability of regions within Europe and the variability of farm characteristics within each region. Actual selection remains very much a deductive approach and empirical evidence is scarce. This study investigates the relationship between the criteria of specific natural handicaps used for the delineation of intermediate LFAs (2014–2020) in Lithuania and generic farming condition and status. Results confirm the negative effects of selected natural handicaps on farm economic status and productive land use but raise some concerns regarding the idoneity of some of them, opening a way for their improvement.

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Published
Sep 29, 2018
How to Cite
Jarasiunas, G., Corbelle-Rico, E., & Kanianska, R. (2018). Effective natural handicap criteria application for productive and sustainable agricultural land-use management in Lithuania. Agricultural and Food Science, 27(3), 206–216. https://doi.org/10.23986/afsci.70074