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Beyond Coping: Smallholder intensification in southern Ukraine
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)In: Sociologia Ruralis, ISSN 0038-0199, E-ISSN 1467-9523Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper empirically investigates rural, small-scale household farming in post-Soviet southern Ukraine, focusing on a particular group of households that have managed to intensify their production beyond subsistence without help from large farms. Large-farm support for small-scale household agricultural production in the former Soviet Union is generally considered necessary for small-scale household farming, so the absence of this support is noteworthy. The conditions of this intensification are explored and mapped out. Further, this intensification is related to discussions in the peasant study literature on the general viability of intensive smallholder production. While the investigated farms do present some sustainability concerns, this paper concludes that this production is not less viable than large-scale agricultural production. The main future challenge is how upcoming agrarian reforms will affect smallholders, particularly with respect to formalising informal resource use. 

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Keyword [en]
Smallholder; Peasants; Ukraine; Agrarian Change; Intensification
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Social and Economic Geography
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125129DOI: 10.1111/soru.12123OAI: diva2:891882

The author would like to thank Anders Wästfelt, Mats Widgren, Oane Visser, and Natalia Mamonova for reading and commenting on previous versions of this paper. The author also wishes to thank the anonymous peer reviewers for their feedback, and Kherson State University in Ukraine for hosting the author during the period when much of this research was carried out. Finally, the author gratefully acknowledges the support of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography, whose grants funded various stages of this research.

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