post-productivist transition

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A transformation in rural economies since the mid-1980s characterized by the production of food within an increasingly competitive international market; the progressive withdrawal of state subsidies for agriculture; reductions in food output; growing concerns over food quality; the growing environmental regulation of agriculture; and the creation of a more sustainable agricultural system. Wilson and Rigg (2003) PHG27, 6 ask whether notions of post-productivism can be applied to the developing world, concluding that the concept needs to be adapted and developed to address specific conditions in the rural South, whilst Holmes (2002) TIBG27 judges that Australia's rangelands are moving from a post-productivist agricultural occupance to a multifunctional rural occupance.

In the UK the Countryside Stewardship Scheme attempts to bring about a transformation from a positivist to a more post-positivist approach to agriculture. See third food regime.

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