Becoming In-visible: Family Farms in Rural Latvia in the Framework of the EU Common Agricultural Policy

André Thiemann (Coresponding Author), Kristīne Rolle

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Historically, Latvia has been integrated into several (multi-) national state formations that have shaped agricultural practices. Beginning in 1991, newly independent Latvia reintroduced a family farming model and prepared to join the European Union. The ability of small farmers to adapt to and implement the new EU regulations that support farming either as efficient food production or alternatively as cultural landscaping has been contingent upon many socio-economic and cultural factors. Today, most family farmers have only reluctantly formalized their practices to satisfy the requirements of the EU, while others have readily embraced the current discourses, policies, and laws to strategically access agricultural funds and scale up operations. We discuss these agricultural tensions by contrasting two forms of selective formalization: the reluctant “projectification” of a subsistence farm by founding a cultural NGO vs. the strategic founding of an “entrepreneurial” cooperative of sea buckthorn producers to access transnational markets and development subsidies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-52
Number of pages12
JournalCulture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2022

Field of Science*

  • 5.2 Economy and Business
  • 4.1 Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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