Is farming enough in mountain areas? Farm diversification in the Pyrenees

Feliu López-i-Gelats, Maria José Milán, Jordi Bartolomé

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The continuity of farming in mountain areas in Europe is at severe risk and its future faces manifold uncertainties. Mountain farms are immersed in a long-term process of reorganization. Farm diversification plays a prominent role in this process of adjustment and reallocation. However, little work has been done explicitly on the role farm diversification plays in the current structural changes occurring. In order to fill this void, the nature of farm diversification has been examined in the Pyrenees, where four different typologies of farms have been identified: absence of diversification, agricultural diversification, farmland diversification and finally farm labour diversification. These typologies reflect a gradation along which the farm diversification practices are applied to more aspects of the farm household. Throughout this gradation farming is increasingly marginalised. Finally, it is argued that the endorsement of policy measures stimulating farm diversification in mountain regions should be cautiously considered, since there is high risk of encouraging further agricultural abandonment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-791
Number of pages9
JournalLand Use Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Farm adjustment strategy
  • Farm typologies
  • Mountain farming
  • Pluriactivity
  • Rural change


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