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The competition for family dairy farmers’ land in Uruguay and their strategies for confronting it

This study shows how small producers in Uruguay’s dairy sector, thanks to the application of effective strategies, have managed to maintain ownership of land, bucking the trend of land concentration in favour of large companies. It explores three themes: the agrarian structure in Uruguay and its recent crises; the situation of dairy producers and the strategies they have developed in response; and the cooperative productive services they have established. The latter – including breeding services, inputs, and machinery – have enabled dairy farmers to improve their level of competitiveness which, together with favorable public policies, has enabled them to remain in the land market. The study concludes that, in order to maintain this situation, producers must continue to improve their levels of competitiveness and reinforce their relationships with the State.