How did post-2000 agricultural policy changes in Turkey affect farmers? - A focus group evaluation

Ates H. C. , Yilmaz H., Demircan V., Gul M., ÖZTÜRK E., Kart M. C. O.

LAND USE POLICY, vol.69, pp.298-306, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.09.029
  • Journal Name: LAND USE POLICY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.298-306
  • Keywords: Rural policies, Focus group, Small farmers, QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, PARTICIPATION
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to provide an analysis on how producers have been affected by the decisions made in 2000 in the agricultural sector. Data collected from the focus group discussions was compared to the agricultural policy effects on Antalya Burdur and Isparta provinces. The participants were primarily selected from a list of state institutions and organizations, and included representatives from cooperatives and producer organizations that are engaged in the agricultural sector and/or bring service to rural areas. The discussion revealed that small-scale farmers were unable to use the support provided by the policies; as a consequence, many of them were unable to cultivate their land and had to migrate. In general, the participants stated that significant social and economic changes did occur in rural areas, however they emphasized that these changes were to the detriment of small-scale farmers and instead favored fanners operating on large scale.