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Problems encountered with farm transfers: the case of Brittany


  • Romain Gaté
  • Laure Latruffe


Farm transfers in industrialised countries are a major element of the structural change seen in agriculture today. In France, farm transfers represent a key strategic issue with half of all farm heads being over 50 years old in 2010 and therefore due to retire in the next ten or fifteen years. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to our understanding of the issues and problems associated with the farm transfer process, taking the French region Brittany as a case study. A review of the literature, rounded out by interviews with public and professional stakeholders involved in the transfer and settling processes, identifies certain key aspects, which are borne out by a survey of 15 farmers established for less than five years and 25 farmers eligible for retirement in the next ten years in Brittany.

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  • Romain Gaté & Laure Latruffe, 2015. "Problems encountered with farm transfers: the case of Brittany," Working Papers SMART - LERECO 15-01, INRA UMR SMART-LERECO.
  • Handle: RePEc:rae:wpaper:201501

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    1. Ashok Mishra & Hisham El-Osta, 2008. "Effect of agricultural policy on succession decisions of farm households," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 6(3), pages 285-307, September.
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    1. Bertoni, Danilo & Cavicchioli, Daniele & Latruffe, Laure, 2017. "Performance post succession on Italian family farms," 2017 International Congress, August 28-September 1, 2017, Parma, Italy 261435, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Bertoni, Danilo & Cavicchioli, Daniele & Latruffe, Laure, 2016. "Impact of succession on performance: The case of the Italian family farms," 149th Seminar, October 27-28, 2016, Rennes, France 245166, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    transfer; farm; future transferor; newly settled farmer; investment strategies;

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    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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