Micro and small farms – element from the model for revitalizing of rural areas

Mihaela Mihailova1, Daniela Tsvyatkova1, Monika Kabadzhova2, Silviya Atanasova1 and Encho Ivanov1
1 Agricultural Academy, Institute of Agricultural Economics, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
2 Agricultural Academy, Institute of Agriculture, 2500 Kyustendil, Bulgaria


Mihailova, M., Tsvyatkova, D., Kabadzhova, M., Atanasova, S. & Ivanov, E. (2022). Micro and small farms – element from the model for revitalizing of rural areas. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 28 (6), 959–971

The structural defining elements of the socio-economic model for the sustainability of rural development are closely related to the revitalization of the activities, processes and results of the functioning of economic units/actors in rural areas. We have used a double matrix socio-economic model that has the aim to determine what role do the micro and small farms have in socio-economic environment in Bulgaria, as well as how implementation of EU politics and national legislation affect them. Bulgarian agriculture has experienced major structural changes as a result of the restoration of ownership of agricultural land and in recent years, CAP policy the green deal, combined with COVID19 and the war in Ukraine has influenced heavily the processes happening to small and micro farms in Bulgaria and their role/place in agriculture.

Keywords: small farms, gardens, rural revitalization, short supply chains

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