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Farm succession of family farms in Mexico center

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Authors: A. Romero‑Padilla, S.R. Márquez‑Berber, V.H. Santoyo‑Cortés, A.V. Ayala‑Garay y J.R. Altamirano‑Cárdenas
Issue: 116-4 (353-370)
Topic: Agricultural Economics
Keywords: generational renewal, aging, family farming

In Mexican agriculture, family farms predominate and consequently the transmission of their management and ownership affects their continuity and competitiveness. This study describes the succession scenarios in three contrasting regions of central Mexico using surveys addressed to producers and generates a producers typology according to their modalities and prospects of succession through multivariate methods. The results show that succession is not planned because there is the expectation that the process will not have any conflict. Four types of successions were identified according to the existence of a succession plan and interest of continuing in the agricultural activity. The most significant variables that explain the succession types identified are the age of the farmer, the destination of production and the cost of land. Succession is not considered by families and governments, however, its implications are important for family heritage and agricultural activity. Therefore it is necessary to develop training and advising programs to producers on this subject.


Romero‑Padilla A, Márquez‑Berber SR, Santoyo‑Cortés VH, Ayala‑Garay AV, Altamirano‑Cárdenas JR (2020). La sucesión agrícola de unidades de producción del centro de México. ITEA‑Información Técnica Económica Agraria 116(4): 353‑370.

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