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The social dimension of sustainable agriculture: Swedish farmers’ social conditions today and tomorrow

{Project} The social dimension of sustainable agriculture: Swedish farmers’ social conditions today and tomorrow. Runs 2001 - 2006. Project Leader(s): Nordström Källström, Helena, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU .

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The preconditions for farming is constantly changing together with society at large. Many Swedish farmers give up farming or divert their production. Today’s consumers demand food at low cost as well as they demand the traditional mosaic agricultural landscape. What features characterize farmers’ social conditions today? How does the farmer relate to society at large and how does the society relate to the farmer? Are there institutions in society that take the farmers’ social conditions into account? How do we accomplish a sustainable development of agriculture in a social perspective?
The aim of the project is to build knowledge about how one can achieve a social situation that the farmer percieve as sustainable. The study contains a discriptive part that evaluates today’s situation and an experimental part that seeks to survey methods and means to strengthen/improve the social conditions of farmers. Perhaps systems for consumption of locally produced food or increased diversity in production could contribute to improved social conditions for farmers.
The study will be carried through by using qualitative methods such as in depth interviews and action research.

EPrint Type:Project description
Location:P.O Box 7012
SE-750 07 Uppsala
Department of Landscape Planning
Department of Urban and Rural Development
P.O Box 7012
SE-750 07 Uppsala
Keywords:discriptive and experimental, strengthen/improve the social conditions of farmers, in depth interviews, action research
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: Sweden
Research funders: Sweden > Other organizations
Sweden > Swedish Board of Agriculture SJV
Start Date:1 April 2001
End Date:31 April 2006
Deposited By: Karlsson, Miriam Frida
ID Code:8204
Deposited On:18 Apr 2006
Last Modified:05 Nov 2012 07:29

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