Contribution to the Gardening-Conference 2000: "Perspectives of Small-Scale Farming in urban and rural areas
- about the social and ecological necessity of gardens and informal agriculture" from 21. - 25. July 2000 in Berlin
Infos: Work group "Small-scale farming and Gardens in urban and rural Areas", C/O Free University of Berlin, Institute of Sociology, Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen,  Tel.:+49 (0)30 - 261 22 87 ,


Wojciech Kniec
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

Small scale farming in Poland threats and opportunities

In this paper author tries to discuss the problem of continuity of existence of small scale farming in Poland. Polish definitions of small scale farming, small scale family farming  and agricultural plot are given. Several reasons of persistence of small scale farming in contemporary Poland are taken into consideration: inheritance tradition, surviving purposes, part-time farming or withdrawal of part-time farming possibilities. The subject of the paper is also to explain lack of Polish state policy towards this sector of national economy regarding anti-state aggressive campain of small farm holders. In the paper author tries to identify threats and opportunities coming from persisting small scale farming system in Poland. Main threats are related with lack of investment, education and enterpreneur spirit. Main opportunities are identified in the field of organic farming and agritourism.

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