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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

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 highlighted the need for a social science perspective to consider how family dynamics shape farming practices. It considered 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.