Family Farming Knowledge Platform

Farm Succession in Romania

Who will take over the lands from an aging peasant generation?

In the “Land Rights Campaign” Eco Ruralis researches the important aspect of generational renewal in peasant farming and its complex relation with land tenure and stewardship. First of all, we aim to disseminate the information to our members, Romanian peasants, and deepen their understanding and capacity to react to the imminent threat in the near future: the loss of peasant farms due to age and the lack of generational renewal. Also, we aim to strengthen the capacity of peasant farmers to defend themselves against unjust land deals and land grabbing.

At the beginning of the report the reader is introduced to the current situation regarding the 'aging peasantry' problem (Chapter 1) with a specific focus on Romania and also adding to the discussion the matter of 'Farm Succession' (Chapter 2). The following part points out the consequences of disappearing small family farms, with a special focus on food and land sovereignty and the rise of the land grabbing phenomenon in Romania (Chapter 3). The significant benefits of small-scale farming and intra-family farm succession (Chapter 4) are presented in a holistic way, focusing on the social, environmental and economic benefits.

It is essential to understand that peasant farms and small family farms are not disappearing out of choice but are instead being forced out of existence. The barriers and obstacles faced by peasants are addressed in Chapter 5 while in Chapter 6 we focus on the positives, highlighting good practices and examples from Romania and other regions from all over the world. We conclude the study with important recommendations particularly based on the FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.

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Publisher: Eco Ruralis
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Author: Katelyn Baker-Smith
Other authors: Szocs-Boruss Miklos-Attila
Organization: Eco Ruralis
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Year: 2016
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Country/ies: Romania
Geographical coverage: European Union (European Union)
Type: Report
Content language: English
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