structural changes in
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Case Studies & Reports

The WAW Initiative aims at producing improved knowledge on agricultural structural changes and their impacts, using the WAW methodological framework, both by Pilot Observatories inserted in longer term setting, and by other WAW Partners as shorter term studies eventually triggering need for longer term observatories in their own countries.

This WAW production can include reports, maps and databases on typology of holdings characterized along a core set of indicators, providing further understanding on diversity of holdings and their specific concerns, as well as room for benchmarking.

That also can be production of territorial or thematic case studies further building on the typology of holdings to understand dynamics of transformations and possible role of policy. Thematic topics will be provided to facilitate exchange and capitalization over specific issues.

Lastly, WAW Secretariat can coordinate synthetic and comparative reports valorizing both the typology of holdings and the different case studies. For instance, could include studies and reports on large scale land base investments (LSLBI), in various countries, within which there is a special interest and commitment.

You will find hereafter this technical production, classified by Countries.


(2014). WAW, IICA, Power point presentation. 10 April 2014. A study on agricultural holdings typology in Argentine republic [Dr. Edith S. de Obschatko].

For further information on the Argentina report, please follow the following links to the official articles from IICA.

Small producers in Argentina

De Obschatko, Edith Scheinkerman. December 2009. Las explotaciones agropecuarias familiares en la República Argentina. IICA & Proinder, 1-66. 

Family Farm Agriculture

Foti, María del Pilar & Edith Scheinkerman de Obschatko & Marcela E. Román. September 2007. Los pequeños productores en la República Argentina. IICA & Proinder, 1-155.


(2014). WAW, FAO, UFF, Power point presentation. Contributions for the debate on family farming, Brazil. [Carlos E. Guanziroli, Paolo Groppo]

For more information on the Brazil Typology Report, please visit the following link to the official article from the Journal of Pesant Studies.

Brazil Article

Carlos Guanziroli, Antonio Buainain & Alberto Sabbato (2013) Family farming in Brazil: evolution between the 1996 and 2006 agricultural censuses. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 40:5, 817-843.



This Report on the typology of the agricultural holdings in France is based on data from the agricultural census 2000. It uses three main criteria: labor type, commercialization and management type. A specific variable related to the direct marketing is used and put into debates. The identification of the diversification of the activities(off-farm), the presence of family associates (“co-exploitants”) and the different types of technical orientations (OTEX) used at the European level, are discussed.

(2014). WAW, INRA, CIRAD. June 2014. Report Typology WAW: France, 28 p. (Magali Aubert. Jean-François Bélières, Céline Bignebat, Pierre-Marie Bosc, Sawsane Bouadjil, Rocard-Amèvi Kouwoaye, Philippe Perrier-Cornet, Isabelle Piot-Lepetit)


(2011). Cirad. Decembre 2011. Contribution à la conception de l’observatoire régional du Lac Alaotra-Etat des leiux des informations nécessaires pour renseigner les indicateurs du projet d’OAM Madagascar. [Lalaina Randrianarison]