Does agriculture provide enough incomes for the rural households? The Albanian case
New Medit, vol 15, n.1, (March 2016), pp. 17-27
Jel classification: N50, Q12, Q18
Albanian agriculture is characterised by small and fragmented farms issued from a radical decollectivization process in the 1990s. After twenty years, the Albanian farm structure has not changed a lot. Farms are still small and their labour force supply is higher than the real demand. This paper aims to identify the most productive farming households in Albania and those which provide higher incomes for their members. This paper uses a new farm level database in order to identify a representative farming household typology and to draw conclusions about the productivity of each farm household type. Average farm type work and land productivity as well as extreme and complete poverty lines are considered as the main indicators to depict the agriculture’s possibilities to provide enough incomes to rural households.
Albania, agriculture, cluster, farm typology, work productivity, land productivity, extreme poverty line, complete poverty line