Perspectives of abandonment/continuity of typological groups of sheep farms in the semi-arid region of Central Chile


  • Paula Toro-Mujica Universidad de O’Higgins
  • Cristian Arraño Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Raúl Vera Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Lisbeth Robles ,Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
  • Constanza del Río Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Estefanía Corvalán Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • José Luis Riveros Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile



Smallholders, sheep farming, continuity strategies, semi-arid


An exploratory study was conducted to analyze combinations of variables that define typological groups that condition the abandonment/continuity of sheep farming in the semi-arid region of Chile. Three typological groups were identified. Group I is made up of middle-aged farmers with the largest flocks. Group II has typical farms from an arid zone, own by elderly male farmers. Group III is located in areas near urban centers and has a greater presence of women farmers. The study allowed to identify the variables that influence the continuity of sheep farmers and to determine strategies that avoid/delay the abandonment of the activity.


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Author Biographies

Paula Toro-Mujica, Universidad de O’Higgins

Instituto de Ciencias Agronómicas y Veterinarias.

Cristian Arraño, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dept. de Ciencias Animales.

Raúl Vera, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dept. de Ciencias Animales.

Lisbeth Robles, ,Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

Dept. de Nutrición Animal

Constanza del Río, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dept. de Ciencias Animales.

Estefanía Corvalán, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dept. de Ciencias Animales.

José Luis Riveros, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dept. de Ciencias Animales.


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