Over the years, structural change has led to a sharp decline in the number of farms, a consolidation of farmland, and an increase in average farm size. The EU’s smallest farms have experienced the strongest decline compared to other farm sizes (see Figure 4). This consolidation process, which sees the growth of the largest farms and their farmland, is occurring nearly all over the EU, although differences do exist among countries with different starting points and agricultural settings.
The decreasing share of the EU’s small farms
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