Institute for Social Renewal

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People and the land: understanding the family farm

Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy, Newcastle University

Date/Time: Thursday 16 November 2017, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

When we think about farming, we tend to think of the mechanics of agriculture, yet it is people who farm, and in most of Europe it is families. This lecture highlights the need for a social science perspective to consider how family dynamics shape farming practices. It considers how the family and farm interact, with examples of ageing farmers, new entrants, and gender inequalities. An understanding of the social dimensions of farming is key to a successful industry.