AGRICULTURAL CHANGE IN THE RUSSIAN GRAIN BELT: A CASE STUDY OF SAMARA OBLAST

Kirsten Beurs, Grigory Ioffe, Tatyana Nefedova
2012 Geography, Environment, Sustainability  
Change in agricultural land use in Samara Oblast is analyzed on the basis of agricultural statistics, field observations, and satellite imagery. Besides the general decline in animal husbandry, three drivers of spatial change are uncovered -accessibility to the major urban areas, natural setting, and ethnic mix. Land surface phenology metrics are in line with these drivers. In particular, satellite imagery confirms the large amount of fallowed land in Samara. Overall, land abandonment reached
more » ... andonment reached its peak in the late 1990s, and was subsequently reversed but the amount of land used in crop farming has not reached the 1990 level. Spatial differentiation is also analyzed across three types of farms -former collective and state farms, household farms, and registered family businesses.
doi:10.15356/2071-9388_02v05_2012_07 fatcat:xkjfqwcqcvd6zmy4hbc5f6vajq