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Property rights, land fragmentation and the emerging structure of agriculture in Central and Eastern European countries

01 Jan 2006-Vol. 3, Iss: 2, pp 225-275
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors offer an overview of land reform processes in the CEECs and their outcomes and impacts and analyzes current and emerging structures in rural areas. And they argue the need for an integrated and sustainable rural development which includes a role for land consolidation.
Abstract: This paper offers an overview of land reform processes in the CEECs and their outcomes and impacts and analyzes current and emerging structures in rural areas. Different types of land consolidation are defined and their potential impacts are assessed. The paper then looks in depth at land consolidation processes, especially in the context of land management, and outlines preconditions and cornerstones for various approaches. Environmental aspects and principles for land funds and land banking are also drawn in. The paper argues the need for an integrated and sustainable rural development which includes a role for land consolidation.

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors investigated land consolidation as an essential tool to create sustainable rural areas in Lithuania and found that the consolidation of land ownerships may be an effective and active land management instrument which not only addresses the problems of land fragmentation, but also, if applied sensitively, may deliver sustainable rural development in a wider context.

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  • ...For example, the literature on land fragmentation in Central and Eastern Europe (e.g., Thomas, 2006; Sklenicka et al., 2009; Sikor et al., 2009), in general, finds that a high degree of agricultural land fragmentation hampers the emergence of a private commercial farming structure (Van Dijk, 2003)…...

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01 Jan 2001

29 citations


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  • ...As Taylor (2000) shows, migration causes a loss of labour capacity on the one hand; on the other hand the remittances flowing back to poor family households is an important source of family income and for small investments among the people remaining (Rose, Thomas and Tumler, 2000; FAO, 2001a;…...

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01 Jan 2001

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"Property rights, land fragmentation..." refers background in this paper

  • ...• Agriculture’s contribution to the GDP will increase in the short-term but decrease in the mid-term and end up as no more than 10 percent (Maxwell and Percy, 2000; Thomas, 2001)....

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  • ...• Agriculture’s contribution to the GDP will increase in the short-term but decrease in the mid-term and end up as no more than 10 percent (Maxwell and Percy, 2000; Thomas, 2001)....

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01 Jan 2000

19 citations


"Property rights, land fragmentation..." refers background in this paper

  • ...Agricultural production (both food and animal) decreased by more than 50 percent of pre-1990 production (Tillack and Schulze, 2000)....

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01 Jan 2000
TL;DR: The authors found that the incidence and severity of poverty in rural areas is much worse than in urban areas in Paraguay, where almost 50% of the population is rural and about 90 percent of the rural population is employed in agriculture.
Abstract: Almost 50 per cent of the population in Paraguay is rural and about 90 per cent of the rural population is employed in agriculture (Jazairy et al., 1992). There are indications that the incidence and severity of poverty in rural areas is much worse than in urban areas.

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"Property rights, land fragmentation..." refers background in this paper

  • ...López and Thomas (2000) posit a way to express the relationship between rural poverty and total net household income....

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