—Land Use and Cover Change (LUCC), especially,
Agricultural Land Use Change (ALC) as a result of human
activities over the past 50 years, is converted to a main challenge
of 21 century. This is especially important because of its direct
relations with issues such as food security and environmental
sustainability. According to the 2012 FAO report, the per capita
of arable land in the world declines 1.46% from 1970 to 2009.
This decrease for Iran has been 2.054%. It represents that ALC
in Iran is worse than the most of the other areas of the world.
The main object of this study was determining the effects or
impacts of ALC in Iran. The study group consisted of the
executive officers and policy makers who were working in
Agricultural Lands Organizations and Administrations in 2012.
For data collection a questionnaire which was completed with
interview method was used. The numbers of interviewees were
101 persons. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive
statistical and factor analysis (FA) methods. This study showed,
among the main economic, social and environmental impacts of
ALC, “increasing the land price as a result of ALC”, “motivate
the other farmers to ALC” and “increasing the energy
consumption per unit area” respectively had been the most
important impacts. But, based on the FA method, the most
effective impacts of ALC were “increase the risk of rural
households’ income”, “increased the uninhabited villages” and
“reduces the air quality”.
—Agricultural lands, impacts, Iran, land use
The authors are with the Department of Agricultural Development &
Management, Faculty of Agricultural Economics & Development, College
of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Iran (e-mail:
Cite:A. Asadi, A. A. Barati, and K. Kalantari, "Take a Look at the Main Impacts of Agricultural Land Use Change in Iran," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 539-542, 2015.