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07 April 2020

Development of large-scale farming in Romania: the role of policies and reforms

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Romania, a former socialist country and a member state of the European Union today, has experienced a steady growth in the number and size of large farms over the past years. Commercial farms of over 100 hectares represent 0.4% of Romania’s farms and altogether control almost 6 million hectares or 47.8% of the country’s total farmland. Meanwhile,...

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05 March 2020

UkrLandFarming: agribusiness giant on the edge of downfall?

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Corruption scandals and dramatic bankruptcies are not uncommon in the agribusiness of transition and emerging economies. When a large market player gets involved in a controversial story, it often gains widespread attention not only in the country of its operation, but also abroad, given its links to international capital and commodity markets....

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27 December 2019

Study: Foreigners control 5% of Russia’s farmland through ownership in agroholdings

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Russian official statistics recognizes the following three types of agricultural producers: agricultural enterprises (corporate farms), peasant farms and individual rural households. However, none of these groups officially includes so-called agroholdings – vertically and horizontally integrated large farming structures consisting of numerous...

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17 December 2019

Impact of intensive farming on biodiversity

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Intensive farming is considered to be among the major drivers of biodiversity loss, second only to the loss of natural habitat due to farmland expansion. At the same time, intensification as the outcome of global economic growth and development of new technologies enabled the farming sector to increase yields and produce more food, thus...

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17 October 2019

Development of large scale farming in South America: The role of policies and institutions

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In South American countries, agriculture has traditionally been represented by small and medium family farms operating their own land and capital. However, in recent decades, a trend toward farm consolidation and the rise of large corporate farming structures has been observed in countries such as Argentina and Brazil. The present article describes...

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02 October 2019

Development of large scale farming in transition economies: The role of institutions

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Over the past 30 years, the development of agricultural sector in transition countries such as Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine has been marked by the rise and rapid expansion of large farming structures known as agroholdings, which operate enormous farmland areas of hundreds of thousands of hectares.

In this context, studies and expert opinions...

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10 September 2019

Morality-driven changes in consumer demands revive the debate on intensive vs extensive farming

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In the view of constantly growing global population, modern agriculture faces the challenge of providing increased amounts of food with limited environmental resources like land, water and fossil fuels. Given that the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, and the global food demand is to grow 70% over the same time, the core...

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28 August 2019

Large-scale farming and environmental sustainability

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Large corporate farms are often accused of having a damaging impact on ecology and contributing heavily to climate change. Industrial farming, in particular livestock farming, is increasingly associated with global warming, soil and water contamination, overproduction of waste and deforestation. However, in recent years, fostered by heavy social...

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06 August 2019

Farm size-productivity relationship

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The relationship between farm size and productivity has been a hot topic among agricultural economists over the last decades due to its relevance for the design and implementation of agricultural policies worldwide. Largescaleagriculture.com presents a collection of recent research results on the topic, including the results published in the last...

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12 July 2019

Misconduct in agroholdings: unprecedented grain fraud by Agroinvestgroup

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Just as the fuss over the default of a well-known Ukrainian agroholding Mriya faded away, the Ukrainian agribusiness was shaken by another fraud scandal. Having affected 60% of grain market players, both national and international, the issue is believed to be the biggest grain fraud in the history of Ukrainian agriculture. The present article...

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