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The book is based on the research conducted by five research teams in Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands and Sweden and coordinated by Greece. The main objectives of the research were : (a) the examination of the overt and hidden causes and mechanisms of farmers� social exclusion on the basis of farm size and gender; and (b) the identification of conditions and strategies conducive to the integration of all smallholders and of women smallholders in particular. Farm size and gender are, therefore, the fundamental analytical variables.
In addition to the final national research reports produced by the five teams, the comparisons required a considerable number of additional analyses, initiated by the project coordinator. The book, therefore, is by no means an edited version of the national research reports. Instead, it is a genuine synthesis of the research findings presented in the national reports as well as of a large number of additional analyses required for the cross-cultural comparisons.

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