Traditional agriculture and rural living in Croatia: compatible with the new common agricultural policy? Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Dominkovic, Katarina Laura
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • This research explores the issues of family farming and sustainable practices at two levels. On one level, it compares and contrasts the sustainable farming practices of farming families in Štitar, Croatia with the smallholders as described by the theory of cultural ecology. On another level, it contrasts the European Union's (EU) Common Agricultural Policy's (CAP) vision of sustainability to that posited by cultural ecologists and it seeks to understand the reaction of Štitar farmers to the CAP. My research goal is to explore how the social, economic and environmental health and status of the village, which is influenced by local traditional ethics and agricultural practices, fits with the CAP goals of rural preservation and agricultural sustainability. My research questions explore how Croatian local farmers have adapted to the farming regulations of the past political regimes, in an attempt to provide an understanding of how current local agricultural practices fit the EU's visions of sustainable agricultural systems that are competitive, environmentally sound, and socially just. Hypotheses are framed to illuminate ways in which these rural dwellers and family farming households are adapting to the international policies that are pushing them toward the global market and away from their goals of subsistence and independent social viability.
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