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Farmers’ attitudes and landscape change: evidence from the abandonment of terraced cultivations on Lesvos, Greece


  • Thanasis Kizos


  • Anastasia Dalaka
  • Theodora Petanidou


Agricultural landscapes are the product of the interaction of the natural environment of an area and the practices of its farmers. In this paper, farmers’ practices are examined in order to describe and understand processes of landscape change in terraced fields on the island of Lesvos, Greece. We examine the changes of the terraced fields of each farmer and the reasons for these changes, practices concerning the maintenance of terraces and how farmers view this landscape change. The concept of farming systems is used to link farmers’ practices at the farm level with changes at the landscape level. Data come from research via questionnaires to farmers in order to record their practices, to explore changes in land use and the landscape elements and the reasons behind these changes, and finally to record their opinions on the landscape change that result. Findings indicate that although farm households in the case study areas depend on farming incomes by very different degrees, they employ similar cultivation and landscape management practices. At the same time, “hobby” farm households may be more prone to abandonment of fields and negligence of landscape elements (here terraces). Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

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  • Thanasis Kizos & Anastasia Dalaka & Theodora Petanidou, 2010. "Farmers’ attitudes and landscape change: evidence from the abandonment of terraced cultivations on Lesvos, Greece," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 27(2), pages 199-212, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:27:y:2010:i:2:p:199-212
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9206-9

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    1. Daniel Varisco, 1991. "The future of terrace farming in Yemen: A development dilemma," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 8(1), pages 166-172, December.
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