• Lise Møller Hauge
  • Mette Zarpegaard Pedersen
In this Master Thesis, factors influencing motivations and barriers of new entrants and established farmers towards succession and unconventional tenures are investigated. Furthermore, recommendations on unconventional tenures for potential new entrants are presented. The theoretical framework is based on Adele Clarks Situational Analysis. The empirical data of the study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with two agricultural students and an agricultural school headmaster, three established farmers, a young new entrant and an agricultural consultant. The empirical data is analyzed according to Adele Clarks’ situational maps, resulting in 10 themes, which frame the analysis. The result of the study shows that decades of agricultural traditions, stating that sole proprietorship and freehold is the only true opportunity of farming, are causing farmers' scepticism towards untraditional succession methods and unconventional tenures. Trust and commitment between the established farmer and the new entrant must also be present in order for a succession or tenure to happen. In order to motivate and empower the young new entrant, he must feel independent and be involved in the investment of the holding. With regards to influence, family and agricultural schools have a great impact on new entrants’ attitude towards succession, alternative agricultural constellations and unconventional tenures. Thus, it is found that new entrants entering untraditional successions or unconventional tenures typically are from either smaller towns or cities and not rural communities. Finally, agricultural regulations and legislation also stand as great barriers for entering untraditional successions and unconventional tenures. From the analysis, it is also concluded that farmers currently see four types of unconventional tenures. From these suggestions, the authors have created one, which combine elements of the tenure model, presented by the interviewees and findings from the obtained literature. This model can be presented for new entrants to follow, enabling them to enter a partnership with an established farmer by adding a ‘buy-in’ in the business and thereby taking steps towards becoming independent farmers.
Publication date26 May 2016
Number of pages252
External collaboratorDet Samfundsnyttige Landbrug
Projektleder, Det Samfundsnyttige Landbrug Lone Andreasen la@okologi.dk
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