IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Semi-Subsistence Farming – Prospects for the Small Romanian Farmer to Choose between a “Way of Living” or Efficiency

Listed author(s):
  • Giurca, Daniela

    (P.M.U. of “Modernizing Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems”, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development)

Registered author(s):

    “Subsistence and semi-subsistence farming” has been a research topic in the last decades on which a generally agreed definition was not reached yet. The main approaches to this subject are based on some criteria such as: farm size, economic size and market participation. In the context of the last 2 waves of EU enlargement, the subsistence farming, a specific phenomenon in the New EU Member States that occurred as a result of the transition economies and land reforms, induced important social implications in the rural area and considerable development gaps between the Old Member States and the New ones. For efficiency and competitiveness reasons, with the Common Agricultural Policy a special rural measure was designed to support the drive to commercialization of subsistence and semi-subsistence farms in the NMS. For the practical implementation of this measure, the generally definition for semi-subsistence farming in the context of the NMS has been agreed as “the farm producing mainly for self-consumption, but also selling a certain part of the production”, in which the “surplus” part that is sold has a degree of regularity and consistency. This issue was debated in the new Member States (NSM), before the elaboration of the National Rural Development Plans, being tackled through the local characteristics of each NMS, depending on the development level of the respective economies, correlated with the degree of general modernization of the society and with the accuracy of the available data. This paper intends to present some options for different types of small Romanian farmers to overpass the semi-subsistence status and become commercial, using the support options provided by CAP.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Article provided by Institute of Agricultural Economics in its journal Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3-4 (December)
    Pages: 215-230

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:iag:reviea:v:5:y:2008:i:3-4:p:215-230
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    Casa Academiei, Calea 13 Septembrie nr.13, sector 5, Bucureşti 761172

    Phone: 004 021 3182411
    Fax: 004 021 3182411
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:iag:reviea:v:5:y:2008:i:3-4:p:215-230. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Corina Saman)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.