Deliberately unused farm fields

Other Names:
Undeveloped farming land
Undiversified agricultural land use
Underutilization of cropland

[Industrialized countries] Farmers in many EEC/EU countries are paid to take land out of production because of agricultural surpluses. In the UK in 1993, farmers were paid £840 million in state aid for growing no crops. Up to 1.5 million acres is expected to be taken out of production by 1996.

[Developing countries] Deliberate underutilization of land is practised by plantation owners who have a vested interest in securing as much available land as possible in order to withhold it from use and to ensure the dependence of local labour on the landowning class. Local workers are then obliged to work on the plantations on terms dictated by the landowners.


Narrower Problems:
Unstable shifting agriculture
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
17.10.2021 – 08:28 CEST